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Grieving Nicole thanks well-wishers

Nicole Kidman has spoken of her grief over the death of her father earlier this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts.

"We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement on Facebook.

"We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting."

The Australian star returned to her home city of Sydney after her psychologist father Tony Kidman died during a holiday in Singapore on September 12.

The 75-year-old was there to visit his other daughter, Antonia, her husband and their six children. He is said to have died as the result of a fall at a hotel.

A spokeswoman for the actress said: "Nicole and her family are stunned by the sudden death of her father. She appreciates the support and kindly requests privacy during this very difficult time."


Singapore police said they were investigating the death as "unnatural", meaning it was not a result of illness or disease.

The death was confirmed by the University of Technology in Sydney, where he had worked as a researcher and practitioner for 43 years.

Dr Kidman, a prominent clinical psychologist and author had a close relationship with both his daughters and their families. It is understood Nicole was at her home in Nashville at the time of her father's death.

Only three months ago, Dr Kidman appeared jubilant as he accompanied Nicole (46) and her husband on the red carpet for a charity ball in Melbourne.

Last December, the celebrity couple visited Sydney to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Dr Kidman and his wife, Janelle, a nursing instructor.

Dr Kidman, who studied in Sydney and Hawaii, where Nicole was born, was an expert on the brain and nervous system and was a researcher, lecturer, psychologist and teacher for more than 40 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the city's leading hospitals.