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Hank Williams' driver on fateful final journey passes away

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Jul 03, 2013 | 3:25pm EDT

The man who served as Hank Williams' chauffeur on the day the country legend died has passed away at the age of 79. Charles Carr, a retired investor, died on Monday (01Jul13) in Montgomery, Alabama after a brief illness. Carr was a young college student when he was hired to drive Williams to West Virginia for a New Year's Eve show in December, 1952. The singer was forced to axe the gig due to an ice storm and they instead headed straight to Canton, Ohio, where the star was booked to perform on New Year's Day (01Jan52). But Williams never made it to the concert - he suffered heart failure and was found dead in the back of Carr's blue Cadillac in West Virginia early on 1 January, 1952. He was 29.

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