Country music icon Hank Williams Jr.’s wife, Mary Jane Thomas, died from a collapsed lung just a day after she underwent liposuction and had her breast implants removed, a Florida coroner has revealed.
Former model Thomas, 58, had the surgery, including liposuction on her back, arms and stomach, on March 21, TMZ report.
She was found unresponsive by her plastic surgeon in her hotel room at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa the following day, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner.
Her death, which was caused by an injury suffered while under the cosmetic surgery procedure, has been ruled an accident by the coroner.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Harold Bafitis, who carried out the procedure, told investigators that she became responsive while sitting up in bed as he was about to have a follow-up with her.
She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
It was confirmed Monday that Hank Williams Jr.’s wife, Mary Jane Thomas (pictured right), died from a collapsed lung a day after she underwent liposuction and had her breast implants removed in Florida
Mary Jane Thomas’ son, Sam Williams, pictured together, wrote that he would always be the son of Mary Jane Thomas, ‘I love you forever’
Her death, which was caused by an injury suffered while under the knife, has been ruled an accident
The news will come as a shocking blow to country music legend and Republican stalwart Hank Jr, who has four surviving children, two with Mary Jane, his third wife.
Hank and Mary first met in 1985 at one of his concerts in Washington and married in 1990. They had two children: a daughter, Katherine Williams-Dunning, and son, Samuel Williams.
They separated in 2007, but were able to work on their relationship and reconciled in 2011.
Mary Jane was Williams’ third wife. He was first married to Gwen Yeargain from 1971-77, and the former couple had one son, musician Hank Williams III.
Police officers in Palm Beach County responded to a medical call at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (seen above) around 5 p.m. on Tuesday
Williams, 72, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is known for the song ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,’ a version of which played on Monday Night football for more than 20 years. The couple are pictured in 2003
He went on to marry Becky White from 1977-83, and they had two children together, daughters Holly and Hilary Williams, who both pursued careers in the music industry.
Holly gave birth to a daughter named Stella June in December 2020 and is married to Chris Coleman.
Mary Jane and Hank Jr. also have three grandchildren; two by their late daughter, Katie (Beau Weston Dunnings and Audrey Jane Dunnings), as well as a grandson by Sam, named Tennyson.
Her death continues a string of tragedies and controversies surrounding one of country music’s most famous families.
The couple’s daughter died in a car collision in Tennessee in 2020, when she lost control of the SUV she was driving.
Her husband, Tyler Dunning, was in the vehicle and survived the crash after being airlifted to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.
Their youngest son, Sam, 24, later claimed in a YouTube video shared in February that he was under a conservatorship filed by his father and half-sister, Holly, following Katie’s death, where Sam was heavily impacted by her loss.
He held up a series of signs with one specifically saying ‘I want out’ during a silent, since-deleted video where he pleaded for help ending the court order.
‘I’ve been quiet a long time now. I want out of this, and I don’t mind people knowing,’ the video caption read.
Hank and Mary first met in 1985 at one of his concerts in Washington State and married in 1990; seen in 1989
Hank Jr. is the son of legendary musician Hank Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists in the country music genre; seen in 2003
‘They took my grief process, my spirit, my money, my car, my home, and everything possible in order to “protect me.” Well, I need protection from them.’
He added: ‘I have worked my broken heart to quits since my dear Katie left for Home. I do not deserve this. This is a scary step but I don’t see what else to do here.’
‘I am ashamed of my family and embarrassed. I am beyond done. I have my spirit back. Get. Me. Out. Please.’
While the video was deleted shortly after it was posted, TMZ confirmed the emergency conservatorship was filed in August 2020, and there has since been no further comment about the status of the court order.
Hank Jr. is the son of legendary musician Hank Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists in the country music genre.
The senior Williams died in 1953 at the age of 29, but played such a pivotal role in transforming the western genre that country songs he wrote decades ago are still considered standards to this day.
Williams, 72, was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is known for the song All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight, a version of which played on Monday Night football for more than 20 years.
During an interview on Oct. 3, 2011 on Fox & Friends, Williams called a golf game where President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner teamed up against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich ‘one of the biggest political mistakes ever.’
When probed why the innocent game of 18 holes bothered him so much, he said: ‘Come on. That’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu … in the shape this country is in?’
He went on to describe the President and Vice President as ‘the enemy’ and then compared them to ‘the Three Stooges.’
Hank, Mary Jane and Katie (far right) were on hand to watch Sam’s first perform at the Grand Ole Opry in October 2019. Katie died nearly eight months later in a tragic vehicle collision
Sam, the youngest son of Hank Williams Jr., posted a YouTube clip asking to be freed from a conservatorship that he was placed in by his father and half-sister Holly
He held up a series of signs with one specifically saying ‘I want out’ during a silent, since-deleted video where he pleaded for help ending the court order
When Gretchen Carlson commented: ‘You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president,’ Williams replied, ‘Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.’
Due to his statements, ESPN dropped his song from the Monday Night Football broadcast for the week and replaced it with the national anthem.
He said that his analogy may have been a little ‘extreme,’ but he still had the utmost respect for the office of the president.
‘Working-class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change,’ he said in a statement at the time.
Days later, ESPN fired back saying they decided to officially ‘part ways’ with Williams and would no longer be playing his song at the beginning of each Monday night game.
Hank said it was his own decision to pull his song from the sports network: ‘After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.’
Sam was with his father when Hank was inducted into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame in November 2021, three months before revealing he was under a conservatorship