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Blake Shelton’s Dad Dies

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Blake Shelton (Associated Press)
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Blake Shelton (Associated Press)

Country star Blake Shelton’s father passed away this week causing the singer to reschedule tour dates.

Shelton’s dad passed away in Oklahoma Tuesday.

The news was announced on Shelton’s website BlakeShelton.com:

“It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Blake Shelton’s father, Dick Shelton. Mr. Shelton, who was in declining health this past year, was surrounded by loved ones in Oklahoma upon his passing this evening,” read Shelton’s website.

According to People, the 35-year-old’s dad was hospitalized with pneumonia in early December during the same time Shelton accepted awards at the American Country Awards and dedicated them to him.

Dick’s passing led Shelton to cancel a number of tour dates. The following dates of his “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” have been rescheduled: Rapid City, SD (1/19), Bismarck, ND (1/20), Billings, MT (1/21) and Bozeman, MT (1/22).

Reportedly, tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates in March. The rescheduled dates are as follows: Bismarck, ND – March 20th, Rapid City, SD – March 21st, Bozeman, MT – March 22nd and Billings, MT – March 23rd.

Shelton’s “Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012” will continue as scheduled in Columbus, GA on January 26.

“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,” said Blake.

Blake currently stars on hit NBC show, “The Voice.”

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