Luke Bryan exploded onto the country music scene after his first album “I’ll Stay Me” in 2007. The album earned him a nod from the Academy of Country Music as a Top New Male Vocalist nomination.
He’s released hit-singles like “Drunk on You,” “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” and “Drink a Beer,” but behind his success in music is a life full of trials and tribulations.
On Tuesday, Bryan tweeted out a message to his fans about a recent heartbreak in his life:
We thank all of you for your prayers. Love y'all.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) February 21, 2017
Bryan’s baby niece Sadie Brett — born less than a year ago in the summer of 2016 — tragically passed away from an infection after battling Congenital Heart Defect.
Sadie Brett was kin on Bryan’s wife’s side of the family; he first revealed she was sick in a message to fans two months ago on his app, according to Taste of Country.
Her mother, Ellen Boyer, updated friends and family on her Facebook just days ago, saying Brett had one of the best weeks, health-wise, she’d had in a while.
But unfortunately, Brett’s condition worsened Sunday night. On Monday, Boyer asked for more prayers; however, her daughter passed away soon after.
Please flood the heavens with prayers. We will not give up on our tough, brave Brett.
Since Brett’s death, their family’s social media accounts have been filled with condolences, prayers, and blessings, something that, sadly, Bryan is no stranger to.
On May 8, 2007, Bryan’s sister, Kelly, tragically and inexplicably passed away in her sleep. She was 39 years old at the time, and left behind her husband Ben Lee and three sons: Jordan, Kris, and Til.
“She was home with her 3-year-old, and it was like someone turned the lights out. They never determined what happened. The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out.”
Then in November 2014, Bryan’s brother-in-law, Ben Lee, also passed away. His cause of death wasn’t revealed, but his three sons were left behind with no living parents.
Bryan stepped in, taking the youngest, Til, into his home to raise with his own two sons.
Even before the loss of his niece, sister, and brother-in-law, it seems that tragedy has been a devastating factor throughout Bryan’s life — prior to his career launch in music.
In 1996, just days before Bryan was set to move to Nashville, his brother Chris was killed in a car accident at just 26 years old. The loss caused Bryan to reevaluate his life, and he decided he needed to stay back for his family, telling People:
“You figure your mother just lost a child, at that point her youngest son was not going to leave the house.”
But after his family realized he’d be miserable if he never gave music a real shot, his father encouraged him to move to Nashville anyway.
Bryan told People that the loss of both his brother and sister at such a young age was obviously impossible to digest at first, but his faith, and music, has grown stronger because of it:
“The losses gave me such a deep perspective of life, how tough it can get at any second. You question it every day, but you have to revert back to your faith in God’s plan.
I don’t like it. I don’t like that my sons are missing that side of my family. But someone else is deciding things.”
Although Bryan’s music continues to promote good times with family and friends, one look into his heartbreaking past proves that behind his award-winning vocals, he is just a young man wishing to share one last beer with his big brother and sister.