NASHVILLE (AP) - Country star Keith Urban is mourning the death of his father, Bob Urban, at the age of 73.
Urban said in a statement released late Sunday that his dad died Saturday after a "long battle" with cancer. Urban, who started singing as a young child in Australia, said it was his father's love of country music and America that set him on his journey.
The four-time Grammy winner and "American Idol" judge said he was touched by the outpouring of love and support for his family.
On his website; Urban posted the following statement:
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. 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. - Keith Urban
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