NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Singer Walker Hayes performs onstage during Ram Trucks presents Drive: Artists to Watch @ the CMT Music Awards at TopGolf Nashville on June 4, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for CMT)
Walker Hayes announced Wednesday night the loss of his seventh child on social media.
“It is with great sadness that Laney and I share with you the news that our sweet Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven,” Hayes shared with fans “Thank you for honoring our privacy as we grieve.”
“Walker has canceled his immediate upcoming appearances to be home with his wife and their children. We ask that everyone respectfully give them their privacy in this difficult time,” the singer’s statement added.
Walker and Laney, who were high school sweethearts, were last seen attending the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 15. The father of six’s last public appearance was at Craig Campbell’s 6th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge in Nashville on Tuesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Walker, Laney, and their family during this difficult time.
— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) June 7, 2018