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The patriotic singer Kid Rock suffered a devastating loss last week when his beloved father Bill Ritchie, Sr. passed away at the age of 82. Afterwards, Kid Rock’s good friend Donald Trump spoke out to send him a touching message of support.

Kid Rock’s Father Passes Away

Kid Rock took to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, last Friday to announce his father’s death.

“My Dad, Bill Ritchie Sr, moved on to be with Jesus yesterday,” he wrote. “He was an incredible father, grandfather, great grandfather, and so much more, none shy of being quite the character!”

“God Bless you and I love you Pop!,” he added before signing off with his real name, “Bob Ritchie.”

My Dad, Bill Ritchie Sr, moved on to be with Jesus yesterday. He was an incredible father, grandfather, great grandfather, and so much more, none shy of being quite the character! Thank you for your condolences in advance. God Bless you and I love you Pop!

-Bob Ritchie…

— KidRock (@KidRock) February 16, 2024

The Detroit Free Press reported that Ritchie died peacefully at his home in Florida after a 14 year battle with prostate cancer. He was a prominent metro Detroit auto dealer who was known as a power player with the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA), once serving as the organization’s regional representative to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

“He was spellbinding in a meeting. He was an inspirational speaker. His son inherited that,” said Rod Alberts, current DADA executive director. “I thought the world of him.”

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Trump Pays Tribute To Ritchie

After Ritchie’s death was announced, the former President Trump took to his Truth Social platform to pay tribute to him.

“Bill Ritchie, Sr., the wonderful father of Bob, sometimes referred to as Kid Rock, recently passed away after a long and brave fight with a nasty competitor, cancer,” Trump wrote. “I got to know Bill very well over the last three years, and he was something special, a very successful guy, but family was far more important than that success.”

“He was a fabulous father, grandfather, and great grandfather, but also, a man with tremendous vision, talent, and style, and a real character!” Trump continued. “My condolences to the whole family. Bill will be greatly missed.”

Kid Rock soon responded to Trump by thanking him for his support.

“Thank you Mr. President,” Kid Rock said in a Truth Social post of his own. “He was a huge supporter as you know, loved what you stand for, and always looked forward to spending time with you.”

“Many will never get to know you like I have on a personal / friendship level, but let this be a testament to how great a man, father and friend you are! God Bless you and RIP Dad,” he added, this timing signing off with his stage name “Kid Rock.”

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Kid Rock’s Friendship With Trump

Kid Rock has long been one of the only celebrities to publicly stand by Trump, and the two of them have developed a close personal friendship. Back in December, Kid Rock described Trump as the “Toughest son of a b**** on Earth.”

“He’s doing great, he’s incredible,” Kid Rock continued, according to WPDE. “I love spending time with him, getting to know him. I think if you look at his track record and who he is as a whole, there’s a lot more good there than anything.”

Kid Rock praises President Trump:

“He exposed the media. He exposed the media for being a propaganda agent. They spent years talking about some fake collusion story with Russia and never apologized for it.”pic.twitter.com/UKjNxhzkmV

— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 22, 2024

We applaud Trump for reaching out to his friend Kid Rock as he grieves the devastating loss of his father. Please join us in saying a prayer for Kid Rock and his family during this difficult time.

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