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Walker Bethune passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 28, 2021 after being struck by a lightning while on vacation in Florida. Bethune was 17-year old from Georgia who passed away listening to one of his favorite songs by the Allman Brothers Band, “Soulshine.”

Bethune went on vacation to Marco Island with his family when lightning hit him. His father David performed CPR before medics arrived and airlifted him to a hospital in Miami.

He had been stable but still in critical condition last week. Recently, Bethune’s family shared that he developed brain swelling but died later.

Bethune was a rising senior and cross country runner at Stratford Academy in Macon.


The Allman Brothers Band family are utterly saddened over Walker’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences to the Bethune family during this tough time.

Condolences and Tributes Of Loved Ones

”Our hearts feel an unimaginable pain, but through this journey you have taken with us, we hope that you have found inspiration to draw nearer to God. We continue to feel your prayers, love, and comfort, and ask that in the coming days, weeks, and months that you will keep our family close in your prayers….”

”Stratford community – Tonight we received the heartbreaking news that Walker Bethune passed away from his injuries sustained during his tragic accident. You have fervently prayed for Walker and his family over the last 11 days and we ask that you do not stop. Walker was loved by all within our school family and we lift up his family and friends during this unbearably difficult time….” Stratford Academy posted on Facebook.

Funeral arrangements will be made public by the Bethune family as they deem fit. Their mourning period should be respected at this time.

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