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An “American Idol” champion is mourning a sudden death in his family Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Love & Acceptance

Whether you are an aspiring country star chasing your dreams or a regular person just living your life, an unexpected death is enough to make everything come to a screeching halt.

And that’s just what has happened to country singer Trent Harmon.

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Known best as the champion of  “American Idol’s” 15th season in 2016, Trent came to his fans on March 15 with devastating news about a death in his family.

“We had the day off today,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “I was waking up to fix coffee and make my way through the bus quietly without waking anyone. I had no idea that I would get a phone call only a little while later to find out that, earlier this morning, my cousin [Nancy] was shot and killed.”

Imagine getting that sort of news.

“I remember her only a few months ago coming to a show, happy and cheerful, telling me how very proud she was of all of my accomplishments, giving me a big hug and then making her way out of the venue,” Trent remembered. “It never occurred to me that would be the last time I would see her in person. Reality checks have terrible timing, and this one couldn’t be worse. Only 48 hours before her death, she posted on Facebook in support of my recent run of shows with Rascal Flatts. I’m sure she would’ve bought a ticket and been in the audience of at least one of the shows.”

And while he finds himself in the midst of this incredible pain, Trent also found the time to give some advice to his fans.

“Tell those around you that you love them,” he wrote. “Hang onto them tonight and support their dreams. Nancy supported my dreams, and I will always be grateful for her cheerful demeanor and kind words.”

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Let that sink in, and then go call that friend you haven’t talked to in a while. FaceTime your parents. Meet your sister or brother for dinner tonight.

Everyone here at Rare Country send our condolences to Trent during this difficult time.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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