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Backroad Anthem singer Craig Strickland found dead

Country musician Craig Strickland, who went missing more than a week ago while hunting in Oklahoma, was found dead Monday, authorities announced.

Strickland was 29.

His wife Helen wrote about Monday’s announcement on social media, stating that search crews found him “lying in the shape of a cross.”

“The night of the accident he had fought his way out of the water and up a hill before the stages of hypothermia set in,” she wrote. “He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep.”

Crews have spent a week searching for Strickland in and around Kaw Lake, after a boat carrying Strickland and his friend Chase Morland capsized. Morland, 22, was found dead a week ago.

Strickland’s body was recovered by members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Marine Enforcement Section.

SEARCH AT OKLAHOMA LAKE RESUMES FOR MISSING SINGER CRAIG STRICKLAND

Strickland was the lead singer in the Arkansas-based group Backroad Anthem, which was founded in 2012 and has opened for Toby Keith, the Eli Young Band and Dierks Bently.

Craig Strickland was the lead singer of the country band Backroad Anthem.Twitter

Craig Strickland was the lead singer of the country band Backroad Anthem.

Morland wrote about the hunting trip in an ominous Twitter post.

“In case we don’t come back, [Craig] and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma,” Morland wrote.

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Helen, who was crowned Miss Arkansas USA in 2014, expressed thanks for family, friends and fans who held out hope that Strickland would be found alive.

“He is safe with his Father in Heaven. Thank you Lord for leading us to him today. I will praise you, Amen,” she wrote.

Strickland’s bandmates also paid tribute to him in an emotional message posted to the group’s Facebook page Monday.

“Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn’t be matched,” the band wrote.

“Thankful to know he fought his way from the water to a hill and was lying in the shape of a cross on his back looking up to his Heavenly Father.”

dgood@nydailynews.com

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