Joey Feek of the country duo Joey + Rory has died at the age of 40. The lead vocalist of the husband and wife duo had been battling cervical cancer for 9 months before passing away at home on March 4.
Rory Feek announced her passing on his blog, which he’d been using to document his wife’s final days.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior. At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying … my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.”
Feek rose to fame after competing alongside her husband on the CMT show Can You Duet. They charted several songs including their massive 2008 hit “Cheater, Cheater.” She’s survived by Rory as well stepdaughters Heidi and Hope and her daughter with Rory, Indiana.
The music world – particularly in the genre of country – was hit hard by the news of Feek’s passing. Many artists took to Twitter to express shock at the news and share their condolences for the Feek family.