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He and his band, The Drifting Cowboys, had been booked to play in Canton, Ohio and he had hired a powder blue Cadillac limo to take him to the show. It's believed Hank fell asleep in the back seat during the trip from Knoxville, Tennessee. A Tennessee Highway Patrolman had stopped the car for speeding, looked in the back seat and said, That guy looks dead. The driver, Charles Carr, a teenager from Hank's hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, said his passenger was sedated, paid the $25 fine and drove away. When Carr, who had been hired the day before, tried to wake him at 5:30 in the morning in Oak Hill, West Virginia at a gas station, Williams was dead.
A hasty autopsy was performed at a funeral home in Oak Hill and Hank was in such poor shape the doctor who conducted the autopsy thought he was 37-years-old.
Carr died in 2013 at the age of 79.
Hank recorded an astounding 225 songs in just five short years, a remarkable achievement for someone who died so young at 29.
The powder blue Cadillac is curently on display in the Hank Williams Museum in Alabama, USA