Reba McEntire has lost her dad. The country star shared the sad news on Facebook, saying “Daddy passed away” late Thursday in Coalgate, Oklahoma. He was 86. Reba explains that her father had been ill for the past five years, and her family is “very thankful he is not suffering anymore.” She adds that her father’s death made “total sense” to her, and is further proof that he was “a born and bred cowboy through and through.” The singer says her father always told her and her siblings “never to run your horse to the barn,” and the way he went was him “just taking his time to go on home.” Clark’s health setbacks in recent years included suffering a stroke in 2011, just days after Reba was announced as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Clark was a Hall of Famer as well. The rodeo star took four World Champion steer roping titles in the 1950s and ’60s, and in 1979 was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Reba told her father’s story in the song “Daddy,” which she wrote and recorded for her 1979 sophomore album, “Out of A Dream.”