Country star Trisha Yearwood was yesterday (20SEP05) given the devastating news her father had died, moments after flying into New York City to attend an awards ceremony.

Yearwood was taken aside by her manager KEN LEVITAN soon after arriving at Redbook magazine's Mothers And Shakers Award Luncheon in Manhattan.

Levitan broke the news JACK H YEARWOOD had suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 72.

Yearwood immediately canceled her appearance - she was due to pick up an award for her charity work - and flew back to Georgia.

A spokesperson for the singer tells the New York Daily News, "Please keep the Yearwood family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."