After the sudden death of her husband Chris Carney, actress and radio host Tiffany Thornton is finally starting to deal with the heartbreaking loss by opening up about her emotions on social media.
The 35-year-old former lead vocalist of the band The Prom Kings died in a car crash early Friday morning in Hot Springs, Arkansas, along with driver Ezekiel Blanton.
— Variety (@Variety) December 4, 2015
According to the police report, neither Carney nor Blanton were wearing seat belts when the SUV they were in failed to navigate a curve, causing them to slam directly into a tree. Upon further investigation of the events that led to the incident, Carney and his companion were said to have come from a bar called The Tavern in Little Rock, where they downed shots of Fireball Whiskey and Vegas Bombs before leaving the venue “completely wasted.” Tiffany Thornton, with whom Carney had been married for four years, finally broke her silence on Saturday when she posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram about her late husband.
There are so many things I want you to know about Chris but most importantly you must know how earnestly he pursued the Lord, especially in the past year. No one is perfect in this world and we all have our battles but it's the way we get back on our feet and turn it around that really counts. And he did it. He was so on fire for God and I know he flew straight into the arms of Jesus, his best friend. Please if you're reading this know that Chris would want you to know the Lord. Don't wait to run back to God. Our days are numbered and God is just waiting for you to come back to him. There is so much power in the redemption God gives us and I am so grateful that Chris and I got to fall in love all over again this past year. He was on such an amazing path for the Kingdom, having just gone on a mission trip to Peru with his dad where he shared his beautiful testimony and brought so many people to the Lord. He finished writing, directing, producing and editing his first Christian film and he and I got to star in it together as love interests who end up getting married. He was THE BEST father my children could ever have, an incredibly loving and sensitive husband, a wonderful brother and amazing son. He is already so dearly missed but I promise to spend the rest of my life sharing his testimony so that those who feel they have no place or have come from a place of struggle can learn that the love of the Lord can save us all. We will have a service in remembrance of him Monday, December 7th at 3pm and First Church of the Nazarene here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visitation will begin at 1:30pm. Thank you for your continued prayers for our family as we grieve the loss of my best friend Chris, the most incredible person I've ever had the blessing of knowing. A photo posted by Tiffany Thornton (@tiffthornton) on
The post, which was accompanied by a sweet photo of the couple during their wedding dance, honored Carney as a “reformed” man who had recently discovered and nurtured a relationship with God. Some people have speculated that Tiffany Thornton was referring to her husband’s former struggle with alcoholism, which his mother claimed he had overcome in the past year.
Tiffany Thornton also described him as “the best father my children could ever have, an incredibly loving and sensitive husband, a wonderful brother and amazing son.” She went on to invite their loved ones to his memorial service, which took place last Monday at the Church of the Nazarene in Hot Springs.
Prior to the tribute post, Tiffany Thornton shared a photo of Carney carrying their two young sons, Kenneth and Bentley, during a family moment at the lake.
Hollywood couple Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, who are close friends of Tiffany Thompson and Chris Carney’s, also posted their sympathies on Twitter.