Country star Alan Jackson's son-in-law dies after fall at boat dock

Lewis Collier
September 14, 2018

Twenty-eight-year-old Ben Selecman was an attorney.

Country star Alan Jackson's son-in-law Samuel "Ben" Selecman died Wednesday in Jupiter after falling on a boat dock while helping a woman onto a boat. The young man, who was the Assistant District Attorney for Davidson County in Tennessee, was hospitalized, but sadly, he wouldn't recover.

Selecman and his wife lived in Nashville, where he had been appointed an assistant district attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee in April of lat year.

October 2017 was a big month for Mattie Jackson, who until recently owned the restaurant Salt & Vine in Nashville, and Selecman - they were married just a few weeks earlier on the Jackson family estate in Franklin, Tenn.

Jackson's post didn't offer details as to what Selecman was doing in the West Palm Beach area but said, "the Jackson and Selecman families ask for - and appreciate - prayers during this hard time". "He will be truly missed".

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At the time, Mattie wrote lovingly about the pair's meeting, period of dating, proposal, and wedding.

"He asked me out and I said no, but he didn't give up". "Three months later, I finally relented, so he drove nearly four hours just for dinner, and we've talked every day since". Heartbreakingly, their "fairy tale" wedding is now featured as the cover story of the summer-fall issue of Southern Bride. "I finally relented, so he drove nearly 4 hours just for dinner and we've talked every day since".

Our thoughts are with Ben's family and friends during this time.

As of this writing, it does not appear as if Jackson has canceled any tour dates due to his son-in-law's death.

Jackson will be able to take the weekend to spend time with his family after cancelling shows in North and SC earlier this week due to Hurricane Florence, which is expected to lash the states from Thursday night.

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