Craig Strickland died of hypothermia, medical examiner rules it was accidental

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Country Singer Craig Strickland Died of Hypothermia, Says Medical Examiner


The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office confirms to ET that hypothermia was the cause of country singer Craig Strickland's death after he embarked on a hunting trip in Kaw Lake this past December. His friend, Chase Morland, also died during the excursion.

Strickland was found dead on Jan. 4 after he was reported missing on Dec. 27. Strickland's body was recovered in a "thick tree and brush" that made it difficult to locate him because of the camouflage hunting gear he was wearing.

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The 29-year-old musician's death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner.

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Craig Strickland died of hypothermia, medical examiner rules it was accidental
This undated image released by Lightfly Creative shows Craig Strickland, lead singer of Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Strickland, 29, of Springdale, Ark., died at Kaw Lake, near the Kansas-Oklahoma state line after he and Chase Moreland disappeared on a hunting trip. Strickland'sbody was recovered on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The body of Morland, 22, of Van Buren, Ark., was recovered Dec. 28. (Brian Armas/Lightfly Creative via AP)

Craig Strickland and Chase Morland

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In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. πŸ˜… #IntoTheStorm

Chase Morland and Craig Strickland

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Thank you so much @kristinathomasphotography for sending these beautiful pictures of us. I am crying because they make my heart so full of love for this man. I love him with every fiber of my being. And I want to thank everyone for all the love, kind words and support they have sent to our family. Thank you for continuing to pray without stopping. Because of you we have been able to make it through this difficult time. Thank you for loving us and Chase's family. Thank you @CrossChurch and @shilohsaints For holding a prayer session for Craig for the past two nights. I couldn't make it through life without all of you. Thank you to all the people who have come up, called, and messaged me to shower me with love. Thank you to @backroadanthem for loving me as a sister and being there for our family every step of the way. Thank you to all the OK law enforcement agencies that have cared so much through this crisis. I'm sorry I can't thank everyone for everything you have done. But know that I love you and appreciate every single call, text, hug and prayer. To update everyone, the search for Craig has been called for the night and will resume in the morning. We love you and appreciate you more than words can say. Please continue to pray for both our and Chase's family.

Craig Strickland with his band Backroad Anthem

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R E A D Y for tonight in Jonesboro. AR Brickhouse 9pm πŸ‘πŸΌ

Craig Strickland

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Craig Strickland

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From Little Rock last night to now sitting in a tree in Brown County Illinois... Ready to give an Illinois buck a ride in the back of the truck... πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ
Thank you everyone who will be there tonight. You have no idea what that means to me and does for my heart. I am so blessed to have my CrossChurch and Shiloh family. I wouldn't be able to walk through this difficult moment without all of you. Thank you all. Love you ❀️
Merry Christmas from the Stricklands ☺️ #PrettyWife #Christmas
#missusa2015 with my love ❀️ @backroadcraig I'm so incredibly happy a member of our Vanbros family won it!!! So proud to have judged you at Miss OK USA @missusa! You did amazing!! πŸ‘‘πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ»
Well that was fun... #KendrickFincher #Arkansas
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Last week, the late singer's wife, Helen Strickland, tweeted out a pic of her husband's newly completed headstone. "Craig's headstone turned out amazing!" she wrote. "Thank you Matt Snow from Signature Stone for making our vision a reality!"

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The former beauty queen has kept her husband's memory alive on social media. "I will forever cherish our year of marriage," she Instagrammed. "I love you Craig Michael."

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