Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music.

Williams died sometime during the night between Dec. 31, 1952 and Jan. 1, 1953. The cause of death was ”insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart.” It is widely believed that Williams’ heart problems were exacerbated by the excessive consumption of alcohol and morphine.