Blake Shelton 'absolutely destroyed' over Earl Thomas Conley's death

Blake Shelton is mourning the loss of his dear friend, Earl Thomas Conley. The Voice coach revealed Wednesday that Conley, a hit country singer-songwriter in the 1980s, had died. He was 77.

"My heart is absolutely destroyed today," Shelton, 42, tweeted. "I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning. Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest..."

Blake Shelton posts touching tribute to Earl Thomas Conley. (Photo: Facebook)


Conley was known for hit songs including "Holding Her and Loving You," "Somewhere Between Right and Wrong" and "Right From the Start."

Fred Conley told the Tennessean his brother suffered from a condition similar to dementia and had been in hospice care for several months. "He just kept losing ground," he stated. "I'm brokenhearted."

Shelton has called Conley, who helped pen his 2001 single "All Over Me," one of his greatest heroes.

Earl Thomas Conley through the years
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Earl Thomas Conley through the years
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Earl Thomas Conley performs 'Holding Her And Loving You.'2017 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards at Music City Center on October 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Blake Shelton posts touching tribute to Earl Thomas Conley. (Photo: Facebook)
BUENA PARK, CA - MARCH 21: Earl Thomas Conley attends 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on March 21, 1988 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BUENA PARK, CA - APRIL 6: Earl Thomas Conley attends 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, 1987 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Earl Thomas CONLEY (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 26: Singer Earl Thomas Conley and singer Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters attend the 14th Annual American Music Awards on January 26, 1987 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Earl Thomas Conley Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

“I find that as time goes by, my definition of a hero changes. My heroes have started to become my good friends,” he told People last year. “You start to find out, the older you get — I guess we all do — that a really good friend is a pretty rare thing to have in your life. That person. I’ve gotta say that the handful of really close friends that I have, those are my heroes. They’re the ones that will just drop everything to be there for you if they need to be. I hold them high.”

The Grammy nominated singer revealed it was Conley's music that made him want to be a country star.

“I always loved Earl Thomas Conley, but it wasn’t until I was about 18 that I really started to appreciate what a great singer he was," he told People in a 2014 interview. "He has a song called ‘What I’d Say’ that really takes me back. I’d listen to that thing a million times, just by myself in my studio apartment in Nashville, just trying to sing that. I wanted to sing like him, because I knew if I could, I maybe could make it one day.”

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