Hayes and wife mourn loss of child
Thursday, June 7, 2018
– Walker Hayes and his wife, Laney, announced the passing of their new baby, who was born and passed away on Wednesday.
Hayes made the announcement via Twitter and Instagram.
""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. Thank you for honoring our privacy as we grieve," the statement read. Hayes, who released his label debut in December, and his wife have six children, aged 2 to 11.
"Walker has canceled his immediate upcoming appearances to be home with Laney and their children. We ask that everyone respectfully give them their privacy in this difficult time," the statement said.
Hayes, 38, had a hit with In December, he released the album Boom on Monument Records. The album includes the singles "You Broke Up With Me" and just released a second single, "Craig."
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