Luke Bryan Has Dealt With Three Heartbreaking Tragedies


Country superstar Luke Bryan revealed the heartbreaking stories of his brother-in-law’s, sister's and brother's deaths.

Bryan, 38, the youngest son of a peanut farmer from Leesburg, Georgia, told ABC News “20/20’s” Amy Robach that at the age of 19, his brother died in November 1996, days before Bryan planned to leave for Nashville.

"My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a ... car accident," Bryan said. "I'm kind of hyperventilating talking about it ... You never truly ... move beyond it."

So Bryan put his Nashville dreams on the back burner.

“I was never convinced I’d get back to Nashville, but I didn’t spend time on ‘Should I go or should I not?'” Bryan said. “It was just ‘Not going.’ Your mother had just lost a child. At that point, her youngest son was not going to leave the house. Chris’ dying got me a little more mature.”

The country crooner then started working for his father’s company after college but eventually moved to Nashville in 2001. Misfortune struck again in 2007 when his only sister, Kelly, suddenly died at home at the age of 39.

“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,” Bryan said of her death, which he called “abnormally tragic.”

Tragedy happened a third time when his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, who was married to Kelly, died on Nov. 29, 2015 at the age of 46, leaving behind three children.

"Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more," Bryan told People Country in 2013. "I literally do not take one second for granted."

Bryan and his wife, Caroline, adopted one of Kelly’s children, 13-year-old Til, reports People.

"We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to 'em," Bryan told ABC News. "You just have to plow on and play the hand that's dealt."

Sources: People, ABC News / Photo credit: Luke Bryan via ABC News

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