Country star Kenny Chesney has been a mainstay at the CMA Awards for decades, so when he couldn't attend last night's event, fans immediately knew something was wrong.
The singer was nominated for a few awards, including one of the night's top prizes - Entertainer of the Year - but couldn't attend the show because of a heartbreaking reason.
The Country Music Association took to Twitter to announce that Chesney wouldn't be able to attend this year's "telecast due to a death in the family."
CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight's telecast due to a death in the family.— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 14, 2018
Fans were quick to send their condolences via social media as soon as the news broke.
We’re so sorry to hear this. Keeping Kenny and his family in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏❤️— Paula (@nhpaulao) November 14, 2018
I’m sorry for Your Loss! Prayers! 🙏🏻— Erin (@Erin70649689) November 14, 2018
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.. so sorry your loss..— Meredith (@Meredit24969901) November 15, 2018
Very sad to hear. Maybe God bless you, and hold you in his arms tonite.— Julie Duncan (@JulieDu93928194) November 15, 2018
Neither Chesney or the CMA have shared any further details about the singer's loss at this time.
The tragedy comes just a little over a year after the "No shoes, No shirt, No problems" singer revealed that he lost his home during last year's hurricane season.
Chesney's property in the U.S. Virgin Islands was completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma. He shared some devastating photos of the aftermath on social media, accompanied by a heartfelt message including a vow to help those affected rebuild their lives.
"As daylight is hitting the islands, and we're really getting a sense of how bad this all is…I don't know what to say," wrote Chesney in the statement. "I've never been in war, but the devastation, the people's faces in a place I know by heart have left me feeling helpless. It's total devastation."
In the following days, he launched a new relief foundation called Love for Love City to help with the relief and rebuilding efforts in the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands.