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George Strait’s Brother Found Dead

George Strait‘s older brother, John “Buddy” Strait was found dead Friday morning, April 10, in a San Antonio, Texas, hotel room.

San Antonio TV station WOAI reports that the body of the 58-year-old was discovered by the hotel cleaning crew. Bexar County deputies believe he died of natural causes, although an autopsy was scheduled to be performed over the weekend to determine the exact cause of death.

George Strait and his family are asking for privacy in the matter. The singer began the week being honored on Monday with an all-star salute as the ACM Artist of the Decade. He had also planned to return to the studio next week to begin work on a new album.

2009 ACM Awards Winners and Performers

    Carrie Underwood performs “I Told You So” at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009.

    Mark J. Terrill, AP

    Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM

    Musician Keith Urban performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    Singer Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    George Strait performs at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009.

    Mark J. Terrill, AP

    Toby Keith performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    Musician/singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    Kenny Chesney performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    Singer Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM

    Jamey Johnson performs “In Color” at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009.

    Mark J. Terrill, AP

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