Keith Urban’s Father Dies

2002's "Song for Dad" a Fitting Tribute

There’s a Keith Urban song from his 2002 Golden Road album called “Song for Dad.” And in it, he says, “The older I get, the more I can see how much he loved my mother and my brother and me, and he did the best that he could/And I only hope that when I have my own family, with every day I see a little more of my father in me.”

Those lyrics have never been more fitting than they are now, after Urban’s father passed away over the weekend.

Robert Urban died on Saturday (Dec. 5) in Australia.

“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,” Urban said in a statement. “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.”

In February, Urban posted a picture of him and his dad, with his signature handlebar moustache. “Being a Dad gives me a WHOLE new love and appreciation for my Dad – and everything he’s done for me. — KU #withdad,” he’d written.

Robert Urban is also survived by his wife Marienne and son Shane.

Just a little over a year ago, Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman were mourning the loss of her father, Dr. Antony Kidman.

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