Alan Jackson‘s eldest daughter, Mattie, became a widow at the age of 28. Her husband, Ben Selecman, died in 2018 after he slipped and hit his head while helping people onto a boat in Florida.
Mattie and Ben had been married for less than a year at the time of Ben’s death.
After Ben passed away, Mattie cofounded the organization NaSHEville with her friend Brooke Tometich. The organization helps several groups of people, including widows.
In November 2021, Mattie released a book about Ben’s death and how her faith helps her cope with her grief. The book is titled Lemons on Friday.
Mattie and Alan also co-wrote a song to accompany the book, called “Racing the Dark.” Alan recorded the song and released an official lyric video for it.