Dr. Burton Grant, the father of singer Amy Grant and father-in-law to Vince Gill, has died at 86. Reports state that Dr. Grant died around 12PM on Saturday, June 30, at his home in Nashville, with his family by his side. He had struggled with dementia for many years prior to his death. “Walking our dad home has been a ten year journey, taking our family places we never imagined,” Amy Grant wrote on Facebook on Sunday (July 1). “We are all closer because of it. I’m so grateful for my dad.” Amy Grant has been open with fans about her family’s struggle with her parents’ dementia; Grant’s mother also suffered from the disease. She also praised husband Gill on how he helped her cope. “Probably not a week goes by that Vince won’t say, ‘If you need me to hold you, just sit down here beside me and put your head on my shoulder.” Dr. Grant was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Dean Napier Grant, who died in 2011. He leaves behind four daughters, including Amy; their spouses; and many grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been made available.
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