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Ree Drummond Mourns the Death of Her Older Brother, Michael Smith: ‘You Were Everything to Me’

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Ree Drummond ‘s brother Michael Smith died on Saturday, according to messages uploaded to social media by his family and friends. He was 54.

The Pioneer Woman star and cookbook author revealed the sad news in a touching Facebook post shared to her account on Wednesday.

"It isn’t possible to sum up the life of someone as perfectly wonderful as my brother Michael, so right now I won’t try," Drummond, 52, wrote in her message. "He was seventeen months older than me, my first friend and buddy, and I’m so grateful for over 50 years of photos and memories."

She also shared a series of photos with her post, including two sweet snaps of the two of them together when they were children, and another of Michael taken as an adult.

"Please pray for my parents, whose devotion to Mike was boundless, and who will feel this loss most acutely," Drummond added.

"Michael Smith, you were everything," she said.

Betsey Smith, Drummond and Michael’s sister, also honored her late brother on social media.

"We lost Michael, my sweet and wonderful brother, this last weekend," Betsey wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. "He was one of a kind, and he will be missed by so many people who loved him."

"I’m very thankful for his life, the connections he made and his caring, fun and independent spirit," added Betsey, whose post included a shot of her and Michael posing together when they were kids. "Love you forever, Mikey."

Drummond previously featured her brother on a 2012 installment of her Food Network series, an episode she called her " favorite, for obvious reasons ."

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