A promising young attorney who was also the son-in-law of country star Alan Jackson tragically died Wednesday after he fell from dock while assisting a woman onto a boat in Florida.
Samuel Benton Selecman, 28, had been hospitalized for over a week after the incident that took place in the West Palm Beach area. He suffered traumatic head injuries as a result.
Selecman was set to celebrate his first wedding anniversary next month with wife Mattie – who now must prepare for her husband’s funeral.
He 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.
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)
In addition to his wife, Selecman is survived by parents Mark and Brenda and brother Cole.
Heartbroken loved ones wrote on the country music star’s official website: ‘The Jackson and Selecman families ask for – and appreciate – prayers during this difficult time.’
District Attorney Glenn Fuynk also 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.
Heartbreak: Country star Alan Jackson is pictured giving his daughter Mattie away at the couple’s outdoor wedding ceremony last year
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 took place on Sunday while the funeral service will be held Monday.
In lieu of flowers, Selecman’s family asked that people consider donating to St. Mary’s Medical Trauma Center for Brain Trauma Research.