The Tragic Accident of Hank Williams, Jr.
On August 8, 1975, Williams and his friend, Dick Willey, set out to hike Ajax Peak, a 10,000-foot mountain near the Idaho-Montana border. About 1,000 feet below the summit, the two friends came across an ice field, but as Williams crossed it, the snow suddenly gave way under his feet. He fell about 500 feet down the mountain, smashing his face onto a boulder along the way and suffering several horrific injuries, including fractures to his face and skull, a broken jaw and nose, and broken teeth. One of his eyes was hanging free from a broken socket, and a fracture in his skull was so bad that his brain was exposed.