HARDY Pays Tribute To His Late Bus Driver
HARDY paid tribute to his former bus driver and friend Ricky at a show in Texas recently (11/18). During his show in Houston, HARDY dedicated his performance of “Give Heaven Some Hell” after hearing his friend passed away.
He said from the stage, “I never dedicate this song to anybody, but I just found out yesterday that my bus driver, who was driving that bus, passed away yesterday. So tonight, I want to dedicate this song to my bus driver, Ricky, and his family.”
A fan posted the moment on Instagram. See that post here.
Ricky was diagnosed with brain cancer following a bus accident where HARDY, and his crew were involved in the Fall of 2022. Ricky’s daughter paid tribute to her dad on Facebook on November 17. She wrote, along with a photo of Ricky on a motorcycle, “As of this morning, Daddy is resting in the arms of Jesus. I imagine his laugh being such a joyous sound in heaven. I will never be able to put into words just how much he means to me or how thankful I am God chose him to be mine. He passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by Rachel and I. ”
She added, “Throughout this entire process, he has shown so much strength, and I’m so proud of him. He never missed the opportunity to tell me just how much he loved me or how proud of me he is, and I hope to make him proud always. We will post arrangements when they are confirmed. Thank you for praying for us as we are suffering such a great loss.”
See that post here.
At the time of the bus crash, HARDY wrote on Insta Stories, “Following tonight’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol. There were just four of us, including myself; however, we were all treated for significant injuries. Our friend and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated, and we’re all pulling and praying for him.”
He concluded at the time, “My team and I will keep the fans updated on that as I rest in the coming days. Please keep our road family in your prayers. God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service.”
The tour bus overturned on a portion of Interstate 40 West near Nashville at the Wilson and Davidson County line at approximately 2:30 AM CT, Sunday, October 2, 2022.