Dick Shelton Passed Away This Week

Blake Shelton's father passed away this week after a long illness.

Blake Shelton's dad dies from illness

Blake Shelton is back in his Oklahoma hometown this week for sad reasons: His father, Dick Shelton, passed away Tuesday after a year of ill health.

"Mr. Shelton, who was in declining health this past year, was surrounded by loved ones in Oklahoma upon his passing this evening," Shelton's rep said in a statement.

Shelton, 35, was close to his father — he even dedicated his American Country Award to his ailing dad.

"I want to say hi to my dad back home… he's been having a pretty rough couple of weeks, and I know he's watching tonight," Shelton said. "I love you, Dad, and I dedicate this to you, man. Thank you."

This isn't the first tragedy The Voice superstar has had to endure in his family. Shelton's other brother was killed in a car accident in 1990. The pain led his new wife, Miranda Lambert, to record a song they wrote about him.

"Blake's brother was killed instantly in a car accident at 24, when Blake was 14," Lambert told Ladies' Home Journal in November. "One day he just opened up and was talking to me about it. And then he was playing this pretty little melody and we started adding words… Later he said, 'I think it's better if you record it. Honestly, I don't think I can get through singing it every night onstage, so what's the point?'"

"I love that song, and I feel like it's time for me to show I have that side of me that's vulnerable and hurting for someone else," she added.

Shelton is no doubt receiving support from Lambert and his family in Oklahoma. He reached out to fans via his website to thank them for their concern.

"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," he wrote.

The country superstar postponed four concerts in the wake of his father's death. Shows in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana will be moved to a later date, while a Columbus, Georgia, show scheduled for next week will go on as planned. He'll also be back as judge on The Voice when the hit NBC resumes in February.

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Diana May 15, 2012 | 6:14 PM

At the very young age of 13 I met the love of my life. We were part of each other, and loved each other as only young dumb kids do. We went our seperate ways for a short time after I witnessed Randy and his best friend get shot. We both married, divorced and then found our way back to each other. After enduring so much pain, Randy committed suicide in 1989. It has never gotten better, the heartbreak is overwhelming. I miss him everyday and feel as if my soul has been torn apart. In Feb of 2011 I lost my dad to cancer, he was my rock, I was his little sweetheart. There are times I dont want to go on. Thank you Blake and Miranda for your music. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you both.

Ash May 02, 2012 | 9:45 AM

This song is sad...I don't think you ever do get over that kind of loss. All you can do is go on with life. Some people say it gets easier with time. It does, but that aweful pain never really leaves your heart.

Megan April 29, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Last June, I lost my 17year old niece, Molly, in a very serious car accident. She ha picked up a friend and was heading to meet her father, (my older brother), at the lake. She was heading south on I-35 when she lost control and her little mustang went under the center median, straight into on coming traffic, and was hit by an 18 wheeler. She was killed instantly. She was born just four days after my sixth birthday and lived next door to me our whole lives. We grew up more like sisters than aunt/niece and were very close. I have lost several people in my life and gone through many hardships, but loosing Molly wad the hardest thing that I have ever been through. Every thing in our tiny Oklahoma town reminds me of her. Everyone says "it will just take time", "you will get over it" and "you have to move on with your life." this song says it all and spoke to me in a way that I can never explain! Thank you Blake and Miranda for this amazing song. I'm sure you will never know how many lives it has and will continue to touch!

Kathy Goble January 21, 2012 | 12:55 PM

Sorry for the loss of Blake's dad!! Prayers out to the family during the time of grief!

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