Luke Bryan Cancels His CMT Artist of the Year Appearance After Brother-in-Law Dies at Age 46

Country singer is dealing with another loss in his immediate family

By Lily Harrison Dec 02, 2014 7:36 PMTags
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2014 has been a year of professional highs and personal lows for country star Luke Bryan.

The singer was named CMA Entertainer of the Year but canceled his appearance to perform on tonight's live CMT Artists of the Year show at the last minute.

According to his publicist, Bryan is currently in Georgia with his family after his brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire passed away on Saturday at 46.

Funeral services for Lee are being held today and Bryan himself is co-officiating the ceremony.

Cheshire was the widower of Bryan's only sister, Kelly, who died in 2007 when she was 39 years old.

The two are survived by three children, Jordan, Chris and Til, who are now teenagers.

Bryan has spoken out about how difficult it was to face his sister's death, especially after losing his older brother, Chris, more than a decade earlier at 26.

"Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more," he told People Country in 2013. "I literally do not take one second for granted."

Bryan shared that his faith in God helped him get through his darkest moments, saying, "Your faith has to get you through all that."

He continued, "That's not saying you don't question it. But you just have to revert back to your faith in God's plan, that you'll be together again and that's what you have to go on."

Bryan also became emotional when he opened up to 20/20 about the tragedies he's faced in his family in November of last year.

"I'm kind of hyperventilating talking about it…You never truly move beyond it," Bryan confessed.

"My only older siblings...gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that...we'll never know, and never understand. You can lean on friends and family through it ...and you can get back life."