Walker Hayes and Wife Laney Mourning Loss of Seventh Child: Baby Is ‘Now Safely in Heaven’

Walker Hayes and his wife Laney Beville are mourning the loss of their child.

In a statement on Instagram and Twitter, the country star, 38, shared the tragic news that their seventh child on the way died on Wednesday, reportedly just days before the due date.

“It is with great sadness that Laney and I share with you the news that our sweet Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven. Thank you for honoring our privacy as we grieve,” the statement read about the couple who share three daughters and three sons, ranging in age from 2 to 11.

“Walker has canceled his immediate upcoming appearances to be home with Beville and their children. We ask that everyone respectfully give them their privacy in this difficult time,” the statement concluded.

A rep for Hayes did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) June 7, 2018


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Hayes previously told Taste of Country that they were expecting Oakleigh on June 8 and were planning a home birth.

Describing how they didn’t want to have to drive anywhere once Laney went into labor, the “You Broke Up With Me” singer-songwriter said, “We’ve almost had a couple in the car, and I’m not the guy you want to have a kid in the car with. I’m pretty chill, but once birth starts I go the opposite of chill.”

Hayes and his pregnant wife, who were high school sweethearts, were last seen attending the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 15. The father of six’s last public appearance was at Craig Campbell’s 6th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge in Nashville on Tuesday.

Hayes previously told PEOPLE that his children are fully supportive of his rising career.

“They’re so cute about it. They look at me like I’m Adam Levine,” he said in December 2017. “They’re just kids, but them being proud of me means so much to me, and I can tell that they are. They are my favorite things about life. I love each and every one of these kids and I can’t wait for another one. They’re all so beautiful and incredible, and watching them grow is

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