Our deepest sympathies go out to “You Broke Up With Me” singer Walker Hayes and his wife
Laney. In a post on his Twitter page on June 6, Walker announced the heartbreaking news that
the couple is mourning the passing of their newborn, Oakleigh.
“It is with great sadness that Laney and I share with you the news that our sweet Oakleigh
Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven. Thank you for
honoring our privacy as we grieve,” he wrote. The post also added that the singer has canceled
his immediate appearances to be with his family during this difficult time.
— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) June 7, 2018
Walker and Laney surprised fans with the news of Oakleigh’s impending birth last year before
the release of his second studio album, Boom. As recently as May 27, the singer-songwriter
posted a photo expressing that he was eager for his and Laney’s new baby to arrive.
In addition to his own Good As Gold Tour, which launched earlier this year, Walker has recently
been on the road with fellow country artist Kelsea Ballerini. Walker was nominated for a CMT
Music Video award at the June 6 show and was set to take part in CMA Music Fest on Sunday,
June 10. His hit single, “You Broke Up With Me” reached the Top 10 earlier in 2018 and he
recently shared the emotional follow-up single would be “Craig,” also from the album, Boom.
Further details regarding Oakleigh’s passing or funeral arrangements have not been announced
yet. The infant is the couple’s seventh child.