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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert move shows after his dad's death

January 19, 2012 |  2:03 pm

Blake Shelton's father died Tuesday.

Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert have rescheduled concert dates after the death of Shelton's father on Tuesday.

Dick Shelton passed away in Oklahoma "surrounded by loved ones" after a year of declining health, "The Voice" star said Wednesday on his website. No specific cause of death was given, though at last month's American Country Awards, Shelton dedicated his win to his father, who was hospitalized with pneumonia.

"I appreciate your understanding during this difficult time and thank you for all your prayers. Your support means the world to me," Shelton said in the statement. "I love you guys."

"This is a really difficult time for our family and the most important thing is being together," Lambert said in a separate statement. "Tell your loved ones you love them."

Shelton moved shows in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana from Jan. 19-22 to March 20-23. He'll resume touring Thursday in Georgia. Lambert rescheduled a Charlotte, N.C., show to Wednesday, and pushed weekend shows in Kentucky and Greenville, N.C., to February. 

A photograph of Shelton and his dad was posted to the singer's website Wednesday, in memoriam, and was accompanied by comments from fans expressing condolences.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Blake Shelton speaks during a panel discussion Jan. 6 for the reality series "The Voice" at the TV critics' winter press tour in Pasadena. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press


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