Our thoughts are with Gretchen Wilson and her family this week as she announced the tragic passing of her beloved Uncle Vern last night. Vernon Heuer was 44 years old when he suddenly passed away from a heart attack in his hometown of Greenville, Illinois early Friday morning.
He appeared in Gretchen’s music video for “Redneck Woman” in 2004. He became even more popular among Gretchen’s fans when he gave Ed Bradley a tour of the Big O’s Nightclub in Pocahontas, Illinois during a “60 Minutes” episode about Gretchen. He moved to Tennessee in 2005. He was engaged to be married this Fall. Vern is survived by his fiance, his sisters Christine and Vicki, his niece and nephew Josh and Gretchen, and his beloved dogs Pete and Pete JR.
“This obviously caught all of us by surprise, and we are just devastated,” said Gretchen. “I have a hole in my heart and a void in my life that will never be filled. Vern will not only be missed by my family and me but by everyone who was ever blessed to hear his laugh and see his smiling face. I will miss you, Vern.”
Gretchen will remain on the Xtreme Muzik The Tour which she co-headlines with Big & Rich this week, however, due to funeral arrangements she will miss the Salt Lake City date. She will rejoin the tour September 15th in Woodlake, California.