Kenny Dixon, the drummer with Kane Brown, was killed in a car crash on October 12, his fiancee Sarah Hedrick confirmed on Instagram. In addition to Hedrick, Dixon is survived by the couple’s 3-year-old son, Levi.
Hedrick wrote in her heartbreaking post, “I’m at a loss of words. I don’t even know how to write this or ever thought I would have to. Kenny passed away last night in a car accident. I know I have to be strong for Levi and God is gonna pull us through this. We have a forever guardian angel watching above us now. Please keep Levi, my family, and Kenny’s family in your prayers.” The couple was due to be married on November 30.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Dixon’s Last Instagram Post About Him Said: ‘I Can’t Wait to Marry You’
Dixon was a native of Dalton, Georgia, and at the time of his death had been living in Lafayette, Georgia, 100 miles northwest of Atlanta. On his Facebook About section, Dixon joked, “Drums for Kane Brown, if you don’t rock then we can’t be friends.” Dixon graduated from Southeast Whitfield High in 2010. According to his Facebook page, Dixon and Hedrick became engaged in 2018 and had been dating since 2015.
On October 11, Hedrick posted a loving message to Dixon that finished with her saying, “I can’t wait to marry you.” In a caption, Dixon wrote that he would see her on Saturday.
2. Dixon & His Fiancee Began Dating on Valentine’s Day After Months of Just Being Friends
Hedrick and Dixon’s wedding was due to take place in Dalton, Georgia, on November 30. On the couple’s The Knot page, Hedrick said that the pair met in a bar in their hometown known as The Depot. Hedrick said that they were introduced through a mutual friend and that they quickly became friends. Hedrick writes that the pair didn’t share a kiss until months later, around Christmas in 2014. They officially started dating on Valentine’s Day 2015. Hedrick concluded her story by saying, “We have definitely been on a roller coaster the past few years with so many fun and exciting memories and some tears as well but it has been an amazing ride and I can’t wait to continue the journey!”
Dixon writes on the page of what first attracted him to Hedrick saying that it was her personality that he first noticed and that after talking to her, he realized that she was a “sweet, kind and a honest woman.” Dixon says that after being friends with her for a time, he one day realized that he had serious feelings for Hedrick. Dixon said, “After many months of hanging out we both realized we had feelings for each other. I asked her to go on a double date with two of our good friends on Valentine’s day and officially made her my girlfriend. That day my life changed forever and it all began for us.”
3. Kane Brown Paid Tribute to Dixon Saying: ‘You Will Never Be Replaced Bro’
Kane Brown paid tribute to Dixon in an Instagram post that read, “Love you so much dude!!! You started all of this with me from the start in 2015 when no body else believed we would make it out of Chattanooga playing for 500 people and your last show was in a Fn Stadium my guy. I know u will be watching over us with that red neck accent that we all love and you will never be replaced bro!!! I promise u that!!”
An official statement from Kane Brown’s team read, “It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic car accident. Kenny was a member of our family from the very beginning and our hearts are with his fiancé Sarah, his son, and everyone who knew and loved him. He was truly one of the greatest and kindest people on and off stage we’ve ever known.”
4. Dixon’s Drumming on Kane Brown’s Tour Had Been Earning Rave Reviews
In an August 2019 review of a Kane Brown gig at the Erie County Fair in New York, a Buffalo News review referred to Dixon as a “Nashville guy.” In the positive review, the reviewer said that during the gig, Dixon “kept the beat ferocious.” Another positive review from the tour said that Dixon had “kept a heavy snare backbeat” during the performance.
5. Friends & Fans Have Been Paying Tribute to Dixon All Day on Social Media
As news of Dixon’s tragic passing spread, friends and fans have taken to social media en masse to pay tribute to the late drummer. Here are some of the most poignant messages of tribute: