One Tree Hill's Bevin Prince Recalls Husband's Last Words Before Fatal Lightning Strike

One Tree Hill alum Bevin Prince reflected on her husband William Friend's final moments before being killed by a lightning strike in July. Scroll on to see what she said.

By Alexandra Bellusci Dec 09, 2022 8:27 PMTags
Watch: One Tree Hill's Bevin Prince Reveals Late Husband's Last Words

Bevin Prince is getting candid about her late husband's final moments.

Five months after William Friend died after being struck by lightning, the One Tree Hill alum shared details about the fatal accident, explaining why she feels there was a bigger power at play that day.

"Right before it hit him, he lit a cigar and he looked at my father and he said, 'If we get struck by lightning, Mike, this is where I wanna be.' And then it happened," Bevin recalled on Good Morning America Dec. 8. "I believe it was really his time."

She added that, to her, there was a "divinity" to the timing of his passing.

"He was 33 years old. It was July 3 and I believe the exact time that the lightning struck was 3:13 p.m.," she continued. "So knowing that all the resources were there to potentially save him, I have to believe that something bigger beyond me was calling him."


One Tree Hill Star's Husband Killed by Lightning Strike

Bevin shared that following William's death, her friends—including former OTH co-stars Hilarie Burton and Lee Norris—dropped everything to be by her side.

"It's incredible and it's unfortunate and fortunate that in this situation it takes a tragedy to be able to see how people rally and support and love you," she explained. "And I'm incredibly fortunate in this situation."


But as she continues to grieve the loss of William—whom she married in 2016—she expressed gratitude at the time they had together.

"I'm just so proud. I'm so proud that I got to do life with him," Bevin noted. "He was one of the funniest people I've ever met in my life, by far. He lit up every single room he came into. You never forgot when you met Will Friend."

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