George Strait's Father Dies at Age 91

Singer-Songwriter Cancels CMT Music Awards Appearance

George Strait's father died Tuesday (June 4) at age 91 following a lengthy illness. John Byron Strait had been hospitalized for almost a month.

George Strait performed the last concert of his 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away tour Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio but canceled his Wednesday night appearance on the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.

John Strait was a junior high school mathematics teacher, as well as a rancher on his property near Big Wells, Texas. The family worked at the ranch on the weekends and in the summers.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife Anna, daughter Pency Edel and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away," George Strait said in a prepared statement. "I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family's loss."

The funeral service will be private, reserved for friends and family only. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation.

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