This has been a tragic week for American Idol judge Keith Urban, who announced just days ago that his father, Bob Urban, was near death. On Sunday, the country star released a statement saying that his dad passed away the prior evening after a long battle with cancer.

Keith Urban and Father Bob Urban (Facebook)

After Urban came out with the news his father did not have long to live, thousands of fans took to social media to express their sadness for him and wife Nicole Kidman. The actress lost her own father just last year.  The American Idol judge says he is very grateful for all of the kindness that has been shown to them.

“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.”


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