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December 05, 2019

Gospel Singer Dies in Double Suicide

Steve French, former baritone singer for the gospel group The Kingdom heirs, has passed away in what early evidence appears to be a double suicide in West Virginia.

Police in Fayette County have tentatively identified the two people who jumped from the New River Gorge Bridge last week as Lindsey Hudson, 29, and Steve French, 57, both of Tennessee.

Up until 2014 French had performed regularly with the Kingdom Heirs at Dollywood, churches, and venues throughout the Southeast but had no recent involvement with the organization.  French  and his brother Kreis, founded the group in 1981.  He previously traveled with regional groups the Crystal River Boys and the King’s Servants.

Sevierville Police Department Public Information Officer Bob Stalhke said the couple had active capias warrants for their arrests. A capias warrant is typically issued when someone fails to appear for court. However, Stalhke would not confirm what charges led to the warrants.

Police said the couple was traveling in a car which belonged to Lindsey Hudson’s father.

The identities of the couple will not be officially-confirmed until the State Medical Examiner is finished with its autopsy reports.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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