ザ・ 星 shared several images of himself with his late pal, including photos of them in performance venues and spending time with other loved ones.
“Man this is a hard post to write. We lost one of our boys today,” Aldean began in the caption. “Ryan Fleming aka @rhinolin3 was a friend I grew up with in Georgia. He was a bouncer at our favorite bar in Macon when he was 18, then went to work for the Sheriffs dept as he got older.”
ザ・ “Heaven” singer said that when it came time for him to hire security, 彼は持っていた “no question” as to who to hire – Fleming was the obvious choice.
“He came out and traveled the world with us and for years if u saw me, Rhino wasn’t too far away,” Aldean continued. “He was the person who pulled me offstage during the Route 91 shooting and put his life in danger to take care of me and my crew.”
Aldean was performing on stage in 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire from a balcony at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel and killed dozens of people attending the concert before taking his own life. The total death count – including two people who died later as a result of their injuries and the gunman himself – だった 61 人.
The singer concluded his tribute: “He was a good man and an even better friend. We will all miss you brother and thank you for having my back all these years. We love ya Rhino! RIP.”