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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country star Keith Urban is mourning the death of his father, Bob Urban, at the age of 73.

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Urban said in a statement released late Sunday that his dad died Saturday after a “long battle” with cancer. Urban, who started singing as a young child in Australia, said it was his father’s love of country music and America that set him on his journey.

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The four-time Grammy winner and “American Idol” judge said he was touched by the outpouring of love and support for his family.

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