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Keith Urban grapples with the loss of one of the most influential men in his life Associated Press
Keith Urban attends the PlentiTogether LIVE concert event at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday, July, 19, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

It was just a few short days ago that Keith Urban made the announcement no child ever wants to make about his parent – the person he once looked to for strength, love and hope.

Urban’s father had been moved to hospice care. “He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that,” Urban said at the opening of his Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit.

But then, on Dec. 7, reality hit hard, and Urban had to make an even more painful announcement – the announcement and the realization that his dear father had died.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that [Nicole Kidman] and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night,” the 48-year-old singer said in a statement on Dec. 7. “His long battle with cancer is now over, and he is finally at peace. My dad’s love of country music and America set me on my life’s journey, and shaped so much of who I am today. Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers.”

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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