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Hank Williams Jr.'s Daughter Katherine Dies in Car Crash at 27

Hank Williams Jr. tapes a segment for Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Rise Telethon Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton has lined up an all-star list of performers for a three-hour telethon to raise money for thousands of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed in Tennessee wildfires. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Katherine Williams-Dunning, the daughter of country music legend Hank Williams Jr. was killed in a one-car crash in Henry County, Tennessee. She was 27 years old.

According to a report by WKRN, the crash occured around 7:44 p.m CT on June 13. Williams-Dunning was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was towing a boat. The car crossed the dividing median in the highway and rolled over, coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Williams-Dunning's husband, Tyler Dunning, was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Katherine is the daughter of Hank Jr. and his third wife Mary Jane Thomas. Her brother, Sam Williams is a country singer-songwriter. Her half siblings are Hank Williams III, Holly Williams and Hilary Williams. 

Instead of pursuing a music career in the spirit of her grandfather Hank Williams Sr. and grandmother Audrey Williams, Williams-Dunning founded the clothing company Weston Jane, which celebrates "[women] of purpose spreading peace and kindness."

"Being a mom is hard, like really hard," reads the bio of Williams-Dunning, the mother of Beau and Audrey. "There is mom guilt, mom shaming and lets be real, most days we feel like we are failing. With so many people tearing mom's down, I created Weston Jane as a way to build moms up. At Weston Jane, our items are all either handmade or printed by another mom. Our business is all about moms supporting moms and women supporting women."

Holly Williams updated Tyler Dunning's status in an Instagram tribute to her "precious little sister."

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"I have no words. On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie," Holly Williams wrote. "We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one.

"ALL we need is prayers. My daddy. My little brother. Katie's husband (he is awake and responding don't know injury extent yet). My niece and nephew. Her Mama. The Dunning family. All of us. So. Many. Prayers. Jesus is close. Thank you all 🙏🏼❤️ " she added.

This story will be updated as more information is known. 

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Hank Williams Jr.'s Daughter Katherine Dies in Car Crash at 27