By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
American rock band, Kings of Leon, composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill, have expressed their heartbreak over the passing of their beloved mother, Betty Ann Murphy.
Betty died a few days after the boys announced that they would be cancelling a series of shows to spend time with their mother following a “medical crisis”.
They had taken to Instagram to write: “Our mother, who many of our fans know and love, has been dealing with a medical crisis for the last several weeks and while it has been hard to take the stage each night, it has been the love and energy from you, our fans, that has gotten us through.
“Just before taking the stage at The Forum we learned she took a turn for the worse. It was a hard show to get through, but you held us up that night in a way we will never forget.”
Yesterday, September 24, the eldest of them, Nathan 42, took to his Instagram page to share the sad news of their mother’s demise, while posting a picture of himself as a baby, held by his mother.
He captioned the picture: “My heart is broken. My beautiful mother and biggest fan has passed on from this life and into the next.
“I will cherish the memories I made with her and her legacy will live on through me, my brothers and our beautiful families. I’m sure grief will hit me hardest when I least expect it but I have an amazing support system around me.”
“Thank you for all of the kind words and prayers. Hug your mothers extra tight tonight. I love you forever mama. Rest easy. Your Nathan.
Nathan equally shared a picture of his mother’s name tattooed on his body.
Jared 34, also shared a tribute to their mother on his Instagram page. “My mom was always so proud of us. She let everybody know it. Would always post pictures of us.
“She used to send me pictures of us together and tell me I could post them if I “wanted to”. For Mother’s Day, her birthday, etc.. I always thought it was cheesy. Not cool. I was embarrassed.
“Well, I’m not embarrassed anymore. You were the strongest, sweetest, most beautiful woman in the world to me. You were a better mama and grandmother than any of us deserved.
“I’m SO proud you are my mom. Always have been and always will be. love you so much. I will miss you every single day until I’m with you again.”