I Saw the Light, Hank Williams latest biopic, still leaves a huge gap in the hearts and minds of the viewers after it failed to reveal the real cause of the singer’s mysterious passing.
Williams’s biographical movie tackled his struggles with infidelity, alcohol, and the immense pressure brought by earning the title as one of America’s brightest stars. On the night of December 30, 1952, the singer told his wife Billie Jean, “I think I see God comin’ down the road.” At that time, he was already thin and restless as he lay on his bed. Then, as if to foretell his demise, Williams left the world of the living 48 hours later.
Countless theories and analysis have been thrown together to come up with the most plausible explanation for the renowned singer’s death. Fans spent grueling years of seeking and putting puzzle pieces together, in an attempt to shed light on the chilling mystery.
It starts with Williams’s back problem that led to him being given a prescription of sedative by his regular doctor. Allegedly, the singer’s doctor is said to have purchased a fake diploma in medicine and was also rumored notorious for over prescribing meds to his patients.
Hank was poised to perform in a planned New Year’s Eve show in Charleston, W.V.a. After taking his prescription, Williams left with Charles Carr, a college student who also posed as his driver. However, their trip to Charleston was postponed due to bad weather conditions, and so they were forced to cancel the concert and spend the night at Knoxville, Tenn. They checked in at the Andrew Johnson Hotel.
That night, Hank had already downed bottles of alcohol when the hotel doctor gave him a shot of morphine and B12. Before midnight, Carr was preparing to ferry Hank to another planned show for New Year’s Day but this time, in Canton, Ohio. According to witnesses, the singer looked and sounded groggy and he needed assistance getting into the car. As Carr drove to their destination, he was horrified by a shocking revelation about 6 or 7 hours after they set off—Williams was already dead. Worse, his body had already undergone rigor mortis. The date was January 1, 1953.
Carr was put under fire when he failed to calmly recount the events that transpired prior to the singer’s death. Suspicions of foul play were raised after some witnesses claimed to have seen a soldier get into the car with Charles and Hank.
There had been speculations that Williams had already passed at the Andrew Johnson hotel, and Carr failed to notice it even after he had driven with the singer hundreds and hundreds of miles away. As if that wasn’t enough to add more confusion, different accounts began popping up. One depicts a Knoxvillian who, in recent years, insists that Hanks was alive before he got into the car with Carr. He claims that he was the doorman at the said hotel where the singer checked in, and adds that he had spoken with the singer shortly before he left town. Another speculation suggests that Williams could have taken a second shot of morphine at a hospital in Knoxville, leading to a drug overdose.
60 years later, Carr remains silent on the final journey he had with Williams. He died in 2013.
The truth behind Hank’s death remains at large—a mysterious and chilling tale that will forever haunt all those who adored and cared for him.[like_button]
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