Eric Church Mourning The Loss Of His Brother

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Eric Church's brother, Brandon Church, passed away last week, on Friday (July 2). The sad news was shared by the country star in a note at the Church Choir, his fan club, on Monday afternoon.

"It is with great sadness to confirm that Eric's brother, Brandon, passed away on Friday evening. In lieu of flowers we are encouraging everyone to donate to a Scholarship Memorial Fund created on Brandon's behalf. You can leave a message that will go via email directly to [Church's parents] Ken and Rita," read the message on the website.

Church's family have set up a scholarship fund in Brandon's memory, dubbed the Brandon E. Church Memorial Scholarship Fund, to "pay forward a gift that will keep on giving to others through furthering their education" and "bless others and honor a benevolent life."

Long-time fans of the artist will remember that Brandon was not only a brother but also a collaborator to Eric, with whom he performed at numerous shows at the beginning stages of his career. He also co-wrote the hits "How 'Bout You" and "Without You Here" with him.

Details surrounding his death have not been made public. Upwards of $14,000 has already been raised at the fund by fans, who have left generous condolence messages for the family at the website.

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