"He is safe with his Father in Heaven," his wife, Helen
The body of the 29-year-old singer was found by Kaw Lake in
northern Oklahoma in an area known as Bear Creek Cove, according
to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Strickland, of Springdale, Arkansas, had gone duck hunting with
his friend Chase Marland, of Marlow, Oklahoma, despite the
severe winter storm that hit the Midwest, officials said. Their
capsized boat was found on Dec. 28, and Marland's body was found
the same day.
More than 30 people have died in the U.S. Midwest following days
of downpours that pushed the Mississippi and smaller rivers over
their banks in several states during the holiday period.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago and Piya Sinha-Roy in
Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler)
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