A promising young attorney in the Tennessee district attorney’s office who was also the son-in-law of country star Alan Jackson passed away on Wednesday in West Palm Beach.
Samuel Benton Selecman was just 28 at the time of his death, having been hospitalized for over a week after falling off a boat dock and suffering traumatic head injuries.
He is survived by his wife Mattie, who just weeks before she was set to celebrate her first wedding anniversary must now prepare for her husband’s funeral.
In addition to his wife, Selecman is survived by parents Mark and Brenda and brother Cole.
Tragic end: Samuel Benton Selecman passed away age 28 in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, over a week after falling off a boat dock (Selecman and his wife Mattie above in 2017)
Family: He was just weeks away from celebrating his first wedding anniversary with wife Mattie, the daughter of country star Alan Jackson (l to r: Selecman, Mattie, Dani, Denise, and Alexandra Jackson with Alan Jackson)
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 last year.
District Attorney Glenn Fuynk paid tribute to the young man in a statement on Thursday.
‘The DA’s office is thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson County,’ said Funk.
‘Our prayers are with Ben’s family. He will be truly missed.’
The incident happened in Jupiter, but it is unclear where as the Jackson family sold their property there back in 2012.
No other details have been released at this time and local police and emergency responders have yet to respond to requests for comment.
A visitation for Ben’s friends and family take place on Sunday while a service to honor his life will be held Monday.
In lieu of flowers, Selecman’s family asks that people consider donating to St. Mary’s Medical Trauma Center for Brain Trauma Research.