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Keith Urban's Father Robert Dies Of Cancer

Keith Urban Father Robert Dies
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May 24 2018, Updated 3:30 p.m. ET

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Keith Urban's father Robert died of cancer Saturday, the country singer said of his dad's passing, which comes just more a year than his wife Nicole Kidman's father died.

"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," the American Idol star, 48, told US Weekly. "His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace."

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Urban, whose father was recently placed into hospice care, said that his dad's "love of country music and America set me on my life's journey, and shaped so much of who I am," thanking well-wishers in the wake of the family tragedy.

The singer, at the Nashville opening of a photo exhibit titled "Keith Urban So Far …" last week, told The Tennessean that Robert had recently entered hospice care.

"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," the grieving son told the paper.

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