Entertainment TV 'One Tree Hill' 's Bevin Prince Recalls Late Husband Discussing Being Struck by Lightning Before Death "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,'" Prince shared of her late husband William Friend By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 9, 2022 02:09 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Bevin Prince/instagram Bevin Prince is looking back at the day her husband William Friend died after being struck by lightning. Before the lightning strike on July 3, the One Tree Hill alum, 40, said she and her husband were boating with family and friends in North Carolina and they saw a "storm in the distance." "But we'd been there so many times, and there was no urgency for anyone to get off the water at that time," she told Good Morning America. "We were watching it." Rick Diamond/Getty One Tree Hill's Bevin Prince Says Hilarie Burton Drove 'Overnight' to See Her After Husband Died The fitness instructor, who owns cycling studio Recess by Bevin Prince, recalled an eerie conversation between Friend and her father before her husband lost his life. "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,'" she shared on Good Morning America on Friday. "And then it happened. I believe it was really his time." Prince added that she believes there was "divinity" in her husband's 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 explained. "So knowing that all the resources were there to potentially save him, I have to believe that something bigger beyond me was calling him." RELATED VIDEO: William Friend, Husband of One Tree Hill's Bevin Prince, Dead at 33 After Being Struck by Lightning William Friend, Husband of One Tree Hill's Bevin Prince, Dead at 33 After Being Struck by Lightning Prince also shared her fond memories of her late husband, saying, "I'm just so proud. I'm so proud that I got to do life with him." "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," she added. You never forgot when you met Will Friend." Earlier this month, Prince revealed how she navigated the "absolute living nightmare" of her husband's death and how her fellow OTH costar Hilarie Burton was there to support her. "Hilarie got in her car when she found out my husband had passed and drove straight to my house overnight," she said as she appeared Friday on the 1on1 with Jon Evans podcast. "She showed up on my door, and she was like, 'Okay, what can I do?' "And she sat with me, and she was just, once again, showing me what a special human she is. Her intention for being there was just to help in any way possible. It wasn't, 'Look at how good I am. Look at what I'm doing for you.' And I'm just eternally grateful," Prince added. One Tree Hill cast. Everett Collection Prince noted that their fellow OTH alum Lee Norris also came to show his support. The actress recalled that the day Friend died over July 4 weekend as "like any other day that we've done a million times," adding: "The storm was far away, we're on the boat, everything's fine. And then in an instant... everything has changed. There's no normal, and there's no playbook for it." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Although Prince was not on the boat at the time, they were fortunately next to a boat with a nurse on board, and a police boat was passing by. "In my mind, there was absolutely nothing that could have been done. And I have to accept that this is larger than me and my understanding at this time," Prince said.