Country singer Craig Strickland was found dead near an Oklahoma lake one week after he and his friend went missing.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Monday that they found Strickland's body on the shoreline of Kaw Lake, where the Backroad Anthem singer's boat had capsized, according to KHBS. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office reported the cause of death as drowning and exposure to freezing temperatures, but the full autopsy is not expected for another four to eight weeks.
Strickland and his friend Chase Morland were reported missing after they went duck hunting during a storm in the region north of Tulsa on Dec. 27.
Their boat capsized some time that day around 9 p.m., according to Fox23. Deputies said the two men and a dog were on a boat too small for all of them. Morland's body was found on Dec. 28, but Strickland's family held out hope that the singer might still be alive when his dog was found alive and rescue teams continued the search.
His wife, Helen Wisner Strickland, tweeted a heartbreaking message Monday after his body was found.
Also on HuffPost: