TULSA, Okla. — To his former manager, Brenda Cline, Jake Flint was a rising star.
Cline helped him get singles on the radio when he was trying to break out as Oklahoma’s next big artist.
”We are just in shock. In shock. After I had that conversation, I turned my phone off. I didn’t talk to anyone, I couldn’t bear it,” Cline said.
For several years Cline represented Flint and his down-to-earth Oklahoma music.
As she is processing what happened, she said she is posting photos of him in memorial, like the time when she took Flint to the Nashville Hall of Fame.
“You cannot process that in a few seconds or minutes,” she said. “It comes in waves, then you are crying, yelling, screaming and it hits you again and again and again.”
Cline said Flint was honest, vulnerable in his lyrics and the perfect representation of Oklahoma.
She said this loss can’t be put into words.
“It is the rug pulled out from underneath everyone and I just can’t imagine what the family is going through, especially his new wife,” she said.
They are left with his songs and the memory of the person he was.
“It is just unimaginable, and it will take a lot of time and support for them to get through this,” she said.
Time is something that helps those move on after any tragedy, but this is a wound that may never fully heal.
A GoFundMe is set up for Flint’s family.
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