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Helen Strickland just released the dreaded details about her dear husband’s death kristina thomas photography/Instagram @helenelizabethstrickland
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Ever since we learned of the story of the disappearance of aspiring country singer Craig Strickland during a hunting trip on Dec. 28, we wondered what could have happened.

Did he drown?

Did he injure himself?

Did he freeze to death?

And on Jan. 4, we learned the tragic news that Strickland’s body had been found along the shoreline of Kaw Lake, just north of where his capsized boat had been found. But it wasn’t until an image posted on Instagram by Strickland’s wife Helen did we learn the dreaded details.

“The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in,” Helen Strickland said in an Instagram post. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father.”

Craig was found today. We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael. #craigstrickland

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A photo posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:30am PST

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Oh God.

Helen Strickland also used the post to thank God for the blessings she has been able to hang onto through this tragedy.

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“We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael. #craigstrickland

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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