Luke Bryan Reveals How Multiple Family Deaths Grew His Family

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Luke Bryan has had immense success with his career, but he's also had his share of tragedy throughout his journey to fame.

In 2000, just as he was about to leave his home in rural Lessburg, Georgia to pursue his dreams in Nashville, his older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a car accident.

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Bryan, the youngest of three children, put his aspirations aside so he could stay home and support his family after their loss. He went to college, worked on his father's farm, and sang at bars at night.

His father, Tommy, knew that Bryan's sense of duty forced him to stick around and the only way to get him to finally work on his musical career was to fire him.

"I said, 'You know, if you're going to pursue your music career, you need to pack your truck up and move to Nashville,'" Tommy told 20/20.


Seven years later, Bryan started to find his footing in the music industry and was even invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. His sister, Kelly, gathered over 120 people from Bryan's hometown to attend his Opry debut.

A few days later, she suddenly died in her home and the cause was never determined.

"Just when we started picking up the pieces with my brother, then my sister — we lose my sister,” said Bryan in an interview with Good Morning America.

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Just when the Bryans started to catch a break, they were struck with another tragedy. In 2014, Kelly's widower, Ben, died leaving behind their three children.

Bryan's sense of duty once again came into play, and he stepped up to the plate in a major way. He and his wife, Caroline, took in his sister's kids.

Now, in a new candid interview with Robin Roberts, Bryan is opening up about overcoming loss and what it is like to raise his nieces and a nephew.

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