Thursday, January 19, 2012

Country Star Blake Shelton Devastated by Father's Death; Cancels Tour Dates

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been left devastated following the death of his father Dick Shelton sources reveal. The elder Shelton passed away in Oklahoma on Tuesday surrounded by family and loved ones after being in declining health for several months.

They "Honey Bee" singer thanked fans for their support on his official website: "I appreciate your understanding during this difficult time and thank you for all your prayers. Your support means the world to me. I love you guys."

Shelton has rescheduled shows in North and South Dakota as well as Montana as he takes time off to mourn his loss. The singer dedicated his win at last month's American Country Music Awards to his father, who was in the hospital suffering from pneumonia at the time.

Shelton will return to his role on ABC's hit talent competition The Voice with fellow stars Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Ce Lo Green following the Super Bowl on February 5. He will be singing the "America the Beautiful" with his wife, fellow country music star Miranda Lambert before the big game. Shelton is also nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

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