Walker Hayes misses CMT Music Awards 2018 after losing newborn baby

Walker Hayes and his family are mourning a tragic loss.

The 38-year-old singer and his wife, Laney, welcomed their seventh child on Wednesday only to suffer a tragic loss shortly after. Hayes shared a statement on social media that evening.

“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,” he wrote. “Thank you for honoring our privacy as we grieve.”

The “You Broke Up With Me” singer also noted that he will be canceling immediate upcoming appearances “to be home with Laney and their children.”

Hayes was set to perform at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, but did not make it to the event.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Walker Hayes (R) and Laney Beville Hayes attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 13: Walker Hayes attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards Cumulus/Westwood One Radio Remotes at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ACM)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Walker Hayes performs at the Pandora showcase during the South by Southwest conference and festivals on March 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Walker Hayes on Monday, December 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 25: Singer/Songwriter Walker Hayes performs at the 5th Annual Battle For The Bones at Wildhorse Saloon on October 25, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
THE 51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - 'The 51st Annual CMA Awards,' hosted for the 10th year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) WALKER HAYES
ROCKVILLE, MD - AUGUST 15: Walker Hayes, a rising Nashville talent who is just beginning to break out, after performing for employees of a radio network on August, 15, 2017 in Rockville, MD. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Musical artists Walker Hayes and Josh Osborne pose backstage at the Innovation In Music Awards on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Innovation In Music Awards)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Musical artist Walker Hayes performs onstage at the Innovation In Music Awards on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Innovation In Music Awards)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Musical artist Walker Hayes poses backstage at the Innovation In Music Awards on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Innovation In Music Awards)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 08: Singer-songwriters Caitlyn Smith and Walker Hayes attend the 2017 AIMP Nashville Awards on May 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for AIMP Nashville)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Musician Walker Hayes attends the ACM Awards official after party at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording Artist Walker Hayes attends the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Singer Walker Hayes performs at PlayStation Theater on December 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
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ET’s Sophie Schillaci spoke with Hayes last October for “Certified Country” where he couldn’t help but gush about his wife and his family.

“My wife is amazing. She’s my high school sweetheart. I met her in 11th grade. We’ve been on this journey hand-in-hand held tight together. She’s incredible,” Hayes said of Laney. “We have a unique family situation, obviously, in this business. I don’t meet a lot of people who can relate, but it works for us.”

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