Nebraska country singer Abby Nicole has tragically passed away after being involved in a UTV crash. She was only 25 years-old. She had just performed at a fair with her band County Road over the weekend. Her band took to Facebook to remember her. “I Will Always Love You Abby. I promise to celebrate your Life with others. You touched so many lives. Especially mine. Music is a Gift That Lasts a Lifetime. Thank you for Being my Gift.” Abby was pronounced dead at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, Nebraska according to the media. Now, an investigation will ensue.
Abby was known for her gifted singing ability. She had just returned from Nashville where she had recorded her first single “Cool.” She was often accompanied by local musicians, including Midwest Music owner Chad Barnhill. She had many, many fans. One commented on her passing on Twitter posting, “Such a beautiful soul has passed away.” Yet another said, “A beautiful angel is now above us.” Funeral arrangements are pending and are being handled by Stonacek Funeral Chapel of Norfolk.
So far, there’s not a lot being released on her death. I’m sure that will change over the coming days. Her legal name was Abby Uecker. The crash happened at the Thayer County fairgrounds. She passed away early Sunday. The Nebraska State Patrol says Abby was found around 4:20 am Sunday after an accident on the Thayer County fairgrounds involving a utility vehicle.
Abby and her band had performed Friday and Saturday nights after races at the Thayer County Speedway. She was a rising star in country music and was widely seen as mega-talented. Whenever something like this happens, it rocks the country music industry. She was far too young and gifted to die like this. A man whose identity has not been released was driving the UTV when it crashed.
Uecker was well-known around Northeast Nebraska and beyond in Nashville and other venues for her singing and song-writing abilities. She and her band Country Road performed extensively in concert, including many different outlets such as county fairs. She performed in Norfolk numerous times, including Music in the Park on July 6th, at last year’s Madison County Fair and the 2017 annual banquet of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.
What’s really sad here is that Abby had beaten the odds before. Uecker had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in December of 2014 and surgery put her future in singing and performing at risk. But the surgery was successful and she was able to return to school and singing within a few months. She beat death, but evidently he still wanted to take her. Locals will miss her a great deal and her talent and gifts will be missed sadly by all of us. RIP Abby.