AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 01: George Strait performs onstage during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 01, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

This week has been a devastating one for country music legend George Strait.

The crooner revealed on social media Thursday that his Ace in the Hole Band fiddle player, Gene Elders, died just hours after his manager of 45 years, Erv Woolsey.

“Hard to believe we lost two of our music family members on the same day,” Strait wrote. “Our Ace In the Hole treasured band member Gene Elders passed away yesterday afternoon shortly after we lost Erv. All of our prayers go out to both families. Me and the band won’t ever be the same without our brother Gene. We loved him so much. Go play with Mike again Geno. We’ll come join you guys later.”

Elders played fiddle and mandolin in Strait’s band since 1984.

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