- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

COALGATE, Okla. (AP) - The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma.

A post on the singer’s verified Twitter account Friday says Clark McEntire passed away Thursday night in Coalgate.

The director of Brown’s Funeral Service in nearby Atoka confirmed the death, saying McEntire had been in declining health since suffering a stroke a few years ago. He was 86.

A post on the country star’s Instagram account says her father was “born and bred a cowboy.” It says she’s thankful he’s no longer suffering.

The post includes a photo of her father on horseback, saying: “He always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.”

Funeral home director Eddie Brown says a service will be held Wednesday.

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