BY MATT ALPERT Wide Open Country
Keith Urban announced his father, Robert Urban, died on Saturday night (Dec. 5) after a prolonged fight with cancer.
The country singer addressed his father’s passing in a statement released over the weekend.
“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. 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.”
The news comes just days after his father was placed in hospice care, which Urban revealed to media after the opening of his So Far exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Dec. 1.
“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,” Urban told the Tennessean. “So [the exhibit] is bittersweet a little bit because [my dad] is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America.”
The So Far exhibit features performance costumes that Robert Urban made for his son.
“My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dressed like a performer, so a lot of those outfits were actually made by him, with the help of my mom, but particularly my dad,” Urban said, according to Taste of Country. “He just really thought I should dress well and look like a performer.”
Urban’s wife, actress Nicole Kidman, lost her father last year.