Luke Bryan may be having a great year career-wise, but tragedy has once again struck his family.
The country music superstar was recently named CMT Artist of the Year but has canceled his appearance on Tuesday night’s live show honoring his new title. Instead, Luke’s publicist tellsPeople he will remain in Georgia with his family after the sudden passing of his brother-in-law.
Ben Lee Cheshire, Bryan’s brother-in-law (who went by Lee), died Saturday at the young age of 46. Not only is it tragic that Lee passed away, but he’s the widowed husband of Luke’s one-and-only sister, Kelly, whose shocking death at the age of 39 back in 2007 took the singer by surprise. Surviving Kelly and Lee are their three children, all of whom are teenagers.
Not only did the passing of Luke’s only sister throw him for a loop, but it hit that much harder given the fact that his only brother died in a car accident 11 years prior at the tender age of 26. It’s sad just how much tragedy has plagued Luke’s family throughout the years.
But this is the entertainment business and the show must go on. “We are going to honor Luke in absentia and will recognize him in only the best way we know how — out of respect for him and his family,” a CMT rep tells People. The CMT Artists of the Year live special will air at 8 p.m. ET as planned and Luke’s segment will be broadcast without him being there.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Luke and his family during this difficult time.