Singer Luke Bryan has pulled out of plans to perform at Tuesday night's Country Music Television Artists of the Year show to mourn the death of his brother-in-law.

Ben Lee Cheshire passed away in Georgia on Saturday (29Nov14) at the age of 46, seven years after his wife Kelly - Bryan's only sister - died unexpectedly, aged 39. The couple had three teenage children.

The latest family tragedy has prompted the That's My Kind of Night hitmaker to cancel all of his concert commitments this week (begs01Dec14), including his appearance at the Cmt bash, where he was due to hit the stage as a performer and honouree at the Nashville, Tennessee event.

A statement issued by Cmt bosses to People.com reads: "We are going to honor Luke in absentia and will recognize him in only the best way we know how - out of respect for him and his family."

The other affected shows include an acoustic tribute gig for retiring Kentucky radio personality Coyote Calhoun, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday (03Dec14).

The loss of Cheshire is particularly tough on Bryan and his family as his brother Chris was killed in a car accident when the singer was just 19.

The star previously opened up about the pain of losing his siblings to People Country magazine, revealing his Christian faith pulled him through some of the most difficult times of his life.

He said, "Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more. I literally do not take one second for granted.

"Your faith has to get you through all that. That's not saying you don't question it. But you just have to revert back to your faith in God's plan, that you'll be together again and that's what you have to go on."