Blake Shelton is remembering his late brother Richie on the 25th anniversary of his death.
“Wow… 25 years ago today we lost my brother Richie Shelton. He’s still my hero going strong. Wish everyone could’ve known him,” the country star wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Richie died in a car accident on November 13, 1990 in their home state of Oklahoma. Blake was 14 at the time.
“I remember picking up the phone to call him a week after he was dead, to tell him something. I was picking up the phone to call him, to tell him something I just saw on TV or, and it was like constantly a shock to me that he was dead,” Shelton told 60 Minutes last year.
In the same interview, he also recalled Richie’s love for country music. “His bedroom was right across the hallway from mine when I was little. And he was listening to Hank Williams, Jr. or Waylon, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Bob Seeger. I just, whatever was popular really, Richie loved all music,” The Voice coach said.
“And I would be sitting there going, ‘Man, that guy’s my hero. That’s the coolest guy. He’s my big brother.'”
Inspired by Richie, Blake and ex Miranda Lambert co-wrote the single “Over You” in 2011. Lambert won the 2012 CMA Award for Song of the Year as well as two ACM Awards in 2013 with the ballad.