The 38-year-old canceled his scheduled appearance and performance at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony on Tuesday after his brother-in-law passed away. Luke officiated the funeral and opted to remain in Georgia with family, rather than attend the CMT celebration.
Bryan's brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, was just 46 years old and is survived by three teenage children. His death comes following the sudden passing of Luke’s sister, his wife, in 2007. Luke’s brother also lost his life in a tragic car accident years prior. Luke recorded the song "Drink a Beer" in his siblings’ honor.
The singer opened up about the devastating losses in an interview with ABC News last year.
"You never truly move beyond it," he said. "My only siblings, gone from the world in a flash, in two different, crazy tragic manners… it's important for people to know they’re not alone. I love the fact that people can see that God still is gracious and humbling and powerful and can make things right, too."
Our thoughts are with Bryan and his family during this difficult time.