The three brothers that make up three-fourths of the rock band Kings Of Leon are in mourning following the death of their beloved mother, Betty Ann Murphy.
Her passing comes just one day after Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill took to the group’s official website to reveal that their mother’s health had taken ‘a turn for the worse’ and that Thursday’s and Friday’s shows in California had been canceled.
Bu then on Friday, Nathan, 42, the oldest of the brothers, took to his Instagram page and announced the sad news of their mother’s passing, along with a throwback photo of himself as a child with his mom, and another of her name tattooed on his body.
Tragic news: The rock band Kings Of Leon are n mourning following the death of their beloved mother Betty Ann Murphy; the band are picture left to right, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, cousin Matthew Followill and Jared Followill
‘My heart is broken. My beautiful mother and biggest fan has passed on from this life and into the next,’ the drummer wrote.
‘I will cherish the memories I made with her and her legacy will live on through me, my brothers and our beautiful families,’ the drummer wrote.
‘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.’
Family tragedy: The oldest of the three Followill brothers Nathan, 42, shared how his ‘heart if broken’ following the passing of his mother
Paying homage: Nathan also shared a photo of his mother’s name that’s tattooed on his body
Tribute: Jared, 34, shared a series of photos of his mother taken over the years
Major support: Jared revealed how his mother was a huge supporter of the band
His youngest brother Jared, 34, would also share a sentimental message on Instagram along with a series of photos of his mother taken over the years.
‘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.’ the bassist, 34, shared.
‘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.’
One day earlier, the band shared a message about how their mother had been ‘dealing with a medical crisis for the last several weeks.’
Upon learning the news they decided to go through with their show at The Forum, which they described as ‘a hard show to get through’, and then immediately after flew home to be by her side ‘until the time comes to say goodbye.’
‘Lovely: You were the strongest, sweetest, most beautiful woman in the world to me,’ Jared wrote in his tribute to his mother following her death
Honored: ‘You were a better mama and grandmother than any of us deserved,’ Jared wrote
Paying it forward: ‘I will cherish the memories I made with her and her legacy will live on through me, my brothers and our beautiful families,’ Nathan shared
Heartbreaking: ‘I’m sure grief will hit me hardest when I least expect it but I have an amazing support system around me,’ Nathan confessed
Supportive: The band got it’s start with the help of their mother when they were youngsters
They went on to reveal that Thursday’s gig in Mountain View, California and Friday’s at the Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California would be canceled.
They ended by thanking their fans and Eddie Vedder and the entire Pearl Jam family for supporting us at this time.
Pearl Jam then retweeted their message on Twitter, and extended support for the band and their family amid this devastating time.
Along with the Followill brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared, King of Leon also includes their cousin Matthew Followill, who plays guitar and keyboards.
The band, which got its start out of Nashville, Tennessee, have released eight studio albums since its debut in 2003. They have been on tour in support of their latest, When You See Yourself, which dropped in January 2021.
Emotional sentiment: ‘I will miss you every single day until I’m with you again’
On hiatus: Murphy’s passing came one day after Kings Of Leon announced the cancelation of shows due to their mother’s heath taking a ‘turn for the worse’