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Keith Urban’s father has died after a long battle with cancer. Robert Urban passed away on Saturday, December 5, just days after Keith announced that his dad had entered hospice care.
Just prior to Keith Urban’s Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit opened, he revealed his father’s illness and stated that he only had a few weeks to live.
“I’ve just been dealing with that the last couple of days,” Urban stated. “This has all come at a very strange time where it’s typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows all often at the exact same time. So [the exhibit] is bittersweet a little bit because [my dad] is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America.”
Urban released a statement today thanking fans for their love and support.
“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night,” Urban said. “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.”
Our prayers are with Keith Urban and his family.
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