I don't know, but would like to. Who wouldn't? I'm not saying it's important, but I, for one, would like to know why the 20th century's greatest talent in country died at 29.
Joking to a friend, and remembering that the cause of death was unclear, I said something like, "you know how backwoods southern doctors are. As the cause of death they just said, 'his heart stopped.'"
But that was just joking, and a few weeks ago I decided to consult google to see what I could find. I found (from here: Hank's death) that the official cause of death was "acute right ventricular dialation", which means, basically, that Hank's heart stopped.
The doctor who wrote this on the death certificate wasn't some backwoods southern redneck, however, but a Russian intern who knew almost no English. So much for stereotypes. But so much for knowing how Hank died.
Some day I will write the definitive blog entry on why Hank was so great. So great that I wonder if he sold his soul to the devil, which would have been the real cause of his death. Hank was the Elvis of country music, and the Bob Dylan as well. It's hard to really give a sense of how great he was in the modern world of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. But you don't have to take my word for it. Go buy a bunch of Hank Williams' music and listen to it for the next few months, then come back and leave a comment. You'll be converted, I'm sure.