Hank Williams Jr. recently visited The Bobby Bones Show where he spoke briefly about the 530-foot fall from a Montana mountain that nearly took his life more than 45 years ago.
In 1975, Hank Jr. was mountain climbing with a friend in southwestern Montana when the singer slipped and fell more than 500 feet, striking jutting rocks on his way down. According to Dick Willey, the Montana rancher who was climbing Ajax Mountain with Williams, the pair was crossing a snow field when the singer fell.
“About the only thing he had left was the one eye,” Willey said of Williams’ injuries during an interview with 20/20 in 1987. “It literally tore his nose off…drove it up through his head, and blew a hole in his forehead…” Willey added that Williams’ jaw, teeth and gums were “pretty much ruined.”