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Gwen Stefani has posted to Instagram about country music’s loss of singer Earl Thomas Conley, who was her boyfriend Blake Shelton’s musical hero.

While reposting Blake’s earlier post, Gwen wrote, “@blakeshelton thank u for introducing me to this beautiful artist #iloveusomuch #learningsomuchfromyou – RIP Earl Thomas Conley #angelindisguise gx ・・・ #Repost My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early this morning. Earl was my all time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest…”

Earl Thomas Conley died earlier this morning at age 77.

-Nancy Brooks