Keith Urban pays last tribute to father Robert Urban at funeral
Keith Urban paid his final respects to his late father Robert Urban at a funeral service held in Queensland, Australia, on Thursday afternoon. To honour his father one last time, the grieving country singer drove to the service in his father's treasured Lincoln Continental car.
Keith, 48, was joined by his brother Shane and mother Marienne. His wife, Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, was not present. The actress is thought to be busy filming – just last week she shared a photograph of herself on the set of her latest film How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
Keith Urban pictured leaving his father's funeral
In keeping with his father's love of motorbikes and cars, many attendees arrived on a gleaming set of wheels, including one who rode in on a Harley Davidson.
Last week Keith announced the sad news that his father had passed away in a hospice after losing his battle with cancer. In a statement to People magazine he said that Robert, who passed away at the age of 73, was "finally at peace".
"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 singer said in a statement. "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.
The singer said his father was "finally at peace"
"Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers."
It was only recently that Keith opened up about his father's condition, while promoting his Keith Urban So Far… exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The father-of-two said: "He’s probably only got a few weeks, if that. I've just been dealing with that the last couple of days.
"This has all come at a very strange time where it's typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows all often at the exact same time," he told The Tennessean. "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."
Nicole Kidman, who lost her father last year after suffering a fall, is said to be heartbroken for her husband. "All she wants to do is hug him and hold him and tell him everything will be okay," a friend told Woman's Day.