Country star Gretchen Wilson is mourning the death of her beloved uncle.
Vern Heuer, 44, passed away at his home in Greenville, Illinois after suffering a heart attack on Friday (09Sep11).
The singer pulled out of a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday (13Sep11) to attend his funeral, and admits she's devastated by his passing.
In a statement, she says, "This obviously caught all of us by surprise, and we are just devastated. I have a hole in my heart and a void in my life that will never be filled. Vern will not only be missed by my family and me but by everyone who was ever blessed to hear his laugh and see his smiling face. I will miss you, Vern."
Heuer leaves a fiancee, who he was due to marry later this year (11).