Chris Carney, 35, is best known for his time starring in the MTV reality show Twentyfourseven.
The show was about Chris and his band, The Prom Kings, traveling to Los Angeles in order to try to find success in the music industry in 2006. His brother, Greg Carney, appeared on the show with him.
[The Prom Kings music video. Extreme content.]
On Friday, Chris was in a car with a friend of his when it spun out of control and crashed into a tree. His friend, Ezekiel Blanton, 37, was driving when he failed to properly navigate a turn. Both Chris and Ezekiel were found dead at the scene. Alcohol was not involved.
The crash occurred on Highway 70 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at around 1:30am. According to Variety, that highway has seen 12 deaths since the final months of 2014.
Chris left behind his wife, Tiffany Thornton, 29, and his two sons, Kenneth, 3, and Bentley, 1. Carney and his wife have been married since 2011. She is best known as a former Disney star and is now working as a radio personality for KLAZ, a station located in Arkansas.
“Tiffany will always be a member of the Disney family and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her children at this difficult time.”
KLAZ also issued a statement in the hope of supporting Chris Carney’s wife.
“Our hearts are breaking at KLAZ and Noalmark Broadcasting. Our Tiffany Thornton’s husband died in an auto crash last night. Please send up your prayers for Tiffany and her family. She is loved by us and our many listeners.”
Even the city of Hot Springs gave Variety a statement urging people to keep Chris in their thoughts.
“The City of Hot Springs Board of Directors, staff and employees extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mayor Ruth Carney, Rev. Ken Carney, Tiffany Thornton Carney and the entire family upon the death of Chris Carney in a car accident which occurred early this morning. Please keep the Carney family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
“There are so many things I want you to know about Chris but most importantly you must know how earnestly he pursued the Lord, especially in the past year. No one is perfect in this world and we all have our battles but it’s the way we get back on our feet and turn it around that really counts. And he did it … I am so grateful that Chris and I got to fall in love all over again this past year … He was THE BEST father my children could ever have, an incredibly loving and sensitive husband, a wonderful brother and amazing son. He is already so dearly missed … We will have a service in remembrance of him Monday, December 7th at 3pm and First Church of the Nazarene here in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Visitation will begin at 1:30pm.”
Several of his other friends also spoke out on Saturday about how Carney’s death would impact theirs. The words of mourning and love were dotted across social media.
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