Country singer Jason Aldean just shared the sad news that his long-time friend and bodyguard Ryan “Rhino” Fleming, or “Rheen” as he is nicknamed, has passed away. We take a closer look at their friendship, as well as Fleming’s career and family.
Meet Ryan “Rheen” Fleming
Ryan S Fleming was Jason Aldean’s long term bodyguard and close friend. He had previously been a bouncer at a bar in Georgia when he was 18, and then began working for the Sheriff’s department.
He has been Aldean’s bodyguard for many years. Rheen even saved Aldean’s life during a shooting at the Las Vegas Route 91 concert back in 2017.
Fleming had previously had a health scare back in 2020 when he suffered two brain aneurysms while waiting to fly home from Oakland to Atlanta.
He was incredibly fond of his dog Poncho, who he lost just over two years ago, and was also close with his brother Travis Scott Fleming.
Jason Aldean pays tribute to Rhino
Jason announced on his Instagram account late last night that his childhood friend, and security guard, Ryan Fleming had passed away.
The pair had first became friends while they were both growing up in Georgia. Aldean knew that when he needed to hire a security guard, Rhino was the man for the job.
Aldean said of Fleming:
“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”.
What are Ryan Fleming’s nicknames?
Ryan Fleming was known to Jason Aldean and his fans as Rhino. However, Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany affectionately called him Rheen.
She shared this nickname on her social media post remembering Ryan Fleming: “Rheen my buddy. What a ride we were on…travelling the world, joking every step of the way. I will love you and miss you forever”.
We send out our condolences to Fleming’s family and friends during this difficult time.