"Uncle Bill" Douglas – killed in tragic bus accident – was like family and "will truly be missed," reads a statement

By Michelle Tan
Updated November 20, 2009 04:15 PM
Credit: inset: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Shortly after the family was notified, MIley Cyrus and her family shared their heartfelt support and prayers for deceased bus driver Bill Douglas.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill ‘Uncle Bill’ Douglas,” read a statement posted on the singer’s Web site. “Members of our tour are like members of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in the midst of this tragedy. He will truly be missed.”

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Douglas, 53, an Austin, Texas, native, was driving one of four buses traveling to Greensboro, N.C., where Cyrus is scheduled to perform on Sunday. Douglas’s bus overturned on the interstate outside of Richmond, Va., on Friday, and he died at the scene while the nine passengers on the bus were able to exit through the front windshield.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

Cyrus was not traveling with the group at the time of the accident. The singer instead had hopped a plane to Nashville so she could spend some down time at home before her next concert.