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Oh sweet Maddie Marlow—this is such sad news.

One half of the popular duo Maddie & Tae is grieving a devastating loss, as she and her family said goodbye to her grandfather, whom she affectionately referred to as “Papa.”

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She posted this precious old photo of them together, along with the sweetest tribute message.

“Heaven gained one beautiful angel today,” Maddie wrote. “The Lord called my sweet Papa home this morning. He was the one that inspired me to pick up a guitar and play because he played his whole life. I love you Papa. We miss you so much but we know you’re up there playing ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ cracking jokes and entertaining everyone.”

Her duet partner, Taylor “Tae” Dye, simply wrote in the comments, “I love you sissy,” which truly says so much about their friendship.

So many fans also took to the comments section to express their condolences.

“Bless you and your family, you have my deepest sympathies,” one fan wrote. Others commented, “Our deepest condolences. May the angels sing with him tonight and forever,” and “Nice to know you have your own angel.”

Absolutely she does—and we just know that he was and is so proud of his granddaughter.

Maddie has been through a lot of changes in the last year, not only personally but also professionally, too. She and Tae have switched labels and weathered the storm of uncertainty that comes with such a change, but they have have come back with a whole new lease on life and their careers.

Still, it wasn’t an overnight development for Maddie, who recently admitted in a very heartfelt and open YouTube video that she struggled with depression after the duo lost its initial record deal last year.

Together with Tae, she’s worked through the hard times and is coming out on the other side swinging, and always leaning on her faith through the tough times.

“God always has a purpose,” she said in the YouTube video. “If you’re going through a hard time and something isn’t going your way, there is a purpose. There is a reason. He is building your character every day. I’m not going to allow my trials to defeat me. I’m going to let them build me up, and learn from them and take as much wisdom as I can from each trial.”

There are no wiser words.

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We wish Maddie nothing but the best, and will be remembering her and her entire family in their time of grief.

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Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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