Country music veteran GEORGE STRAIT is in mourning following the death of his father on Tuesday (04Jun13).

John Strait, a retired school teacher, was 91.

Thanking fans for their prayers and support in the weeks leading up to his dad's death, The Chair singer has released a statement that reads: "We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family's loss."