It appears Alan Jackson is alive and living the “honky-tonk dream” despite an online death hoax trending throughout the internet.
On Wednesday (Nov. 16), a questionable news outlet called FNews2 shared a report that Jackson had died at the age of 64 alongside a graphic that featured the “Chattahoochee” singer in a frame surrounded by candles and red roses.
Following the report of Jackson’s alleged death on the website, the death rumor began to spread throughout social media on platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more.
FNews2 does not appear to be a credible news source as the outlet often shares falsified obituaries of prominent celebrities and musicians, Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton and more.
While Jackson and his team have yet to directly address the death rumor, it appears they seemingly referenced it in his latest post on Instagram, which features a clip of the country icon’s recent CMA Awards acceptance speech.
“Still living that honky-tonk dream y’all!” Jackson captioned the video.
One week prior to the death rumors circulating online, Jackson had a “magical night” at the 56th Annual CMA Awards, where he was presented with the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and honored with a star-studded tribute performance from Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson, and Dierks Bentley.
The following day, the Georgia native shared a photo with his family, which included his wife, Denise, and their three daughters, Mattie, Alexandra and Dani, on his tour bus backstage at the coveted awards show.
“What a magical night at the @CMA Awards with family, friends, and fans. #CMAAwards,” Jackson captioned his post.
Jackson’s oldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, also shared a series of photos to recap the evening on social media alongside a heartfelt congratulatory message to her father.
“I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve watched Dad perform. 32 years of award shows, a couple White House visits, backstages and sound booths, you name it,” Selecman began. ”But these last couple years, I’ve started watching other people – all the fans and, hell, other hugely successful artists – watch him too.”
Mattie went on to explain how much it meant to her to see the way her father’s music and career has impacted others.
”The awe and admiration and pure joy in their eyes as they watch Dad is just the way he always watched George and Hank and Loretta. Whether he’ll admit it or not, the lanky blond cowboy from Georgia is now a legend to all who follow,” Mattie added. ”You made ripped jeans and mustaches cool. You’ve always asked our opinions and included us in your music. You’ve given away what you’ve earned more generously than most people will ever know. You’ve given hope to the world in times of crisis, reminded us what real livin’ and real love is, and given a voice to the little man everywhere. Congratulations on the @cma Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. We love you so much Dado! Much deserved!”
Days later, Jackson and his family gathered for an engagement party celebrating Mattie’s recent engagement. According to her post, they will wed in six months.
Alan Jackson recently wrapped his “Last Call: One More For The Road Tour, which visited 30 cities around the U.S. earlier this year.
The tour marked Jackson’s first major tour since revealing he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder in the fall of 2021.
According to Mayo Clinic, “Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is an inherited, genetic condition. It occurs when there are mutations in the genes that affect the nerves in your feet, legs, hands and arms.”
“I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could,” Jackson previously shared. “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow,” he noted, adding with a smile, “I’ll try to do as much as I can, but if I’m comin’ your way, come see me…”
The country icon donated $1 for every ticket sold to the CMT Research Foundation. In addition, $1 was matched by a generous group of CMTRF donors and board members.