Keith Urban sadly announced the news that his father, Robert Urban, passed away on Dec. 5 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that [Nicole Kidman] and I, and our family, have received since my dad’s passing on Saturday night,” the country singer revealed to People.

He added, “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.”

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Keith Urban's dad.

The 48-year-old revealed on Wednesday during a tour of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, that his father entered hospice, saying, “He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that […] 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.”

Our thoughts are with the Australian native and his loved ones during this difficult time.