Dick Shelton, the father of Blake Shelton has passed away following an extended illness.  The elder Shelton died in his home state of Oklahoma with his family surrounding him.

Blake, who is normally very vocal on Twitter has been quiet since early in the week, until he posted this sincere thanks, “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.”

Blake has rescheduled some of the dates of The Well Lit and Amplified Tour 2012, and it will continue on Jan. 26 in Columbus, Ga.

Rescheduled Blake Shelton Tour Dates

3/20 – Bismarck, N.D.
3/21 – Rapid City, S.D.
3/22 – Bozeman, Mont.
3/23 – Billings, Mont.