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   Dick Shelton died Tuesday evening while "surrounded by loved ones in Oklahoma." He was said to be in declining health this past year. His age was not given.

As a result of his father's passing, Shelton has rescheduled the tour dates in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana he had lined up through this Sunday. He will now perform in Bismarck, North Dakota, on March 20; Rapid City, South Dakota, on March 21; Bozeman, Montana, on March 22; and Billings, Montana, on March 23.

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

At last month's American Country Awards, Shelton acknowledged his father, who was hospitalized at the time with pneumonia.


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