(NEWSER)  – Country singer Craig Strickland didn't suffer in his last moments, his grieving wife says.

In an Instagram post made after the singer's body was found on Monday, Helen Strickland shared details of the death of her husband, who perished on a Dec. 27 duck hunting trip when his boat apparently overturned during a winter storm, People reports.

Craig was found today. We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father. 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. He experienced no pain in his final moments and simply felt like he was falling asleep. They found him lying in the shape of a cross looking up to his Father. Thank you to every single person who prayed for him and our family during this time. There was not a more peaceful way for him to go into the arms of our Lord, and I know your prayers had a role in making that happen. I know he saw Jesus at that moment when he laid down and walked arm in arm with Him into a better Everlasting Life. I love you with all my heart Craig Michael. #craigstrickland

A photo posted by Helen Wisner Strickland (@helenelizabethstrickland) on

In a Facebook post, Strickland's five surviving bandmates from Backroad Anthem mourned the man they described as brother, best friend, and bandmate. 

Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate. Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life...

Posted by Backroad Anthem on Monday, January 4, 2016

A GoFundMe account, The Strickland Family Love Fun, has been setup for the family.


Photo: Getty Images/GoFundMe

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