Posted on Sat Mar 5th, 2016 9:35am PDT By X17 Staff
Joey Feek, half of the award-winning country duo Joey + Rory, passed away on Friday after two years of battling cervical cancer, her manager confirmed.
Joey and her husband Rory teamed up in 2008 after working together on the Country Music Television singing competition “Can You Duet?” and not only did they have had a number of hit tunes in the years since then, but they also started a family and opened a restaurant. Rory chronicled the family’s life on his blog, This Life I Live, and on Friday he posted an update.
Rory wrote, “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” and added:
- “Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try. When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier.”
Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, and despite multiple surgeries and chemo, the cancer continued to spread. Last fall, Rory wrote on his blog that they had decided to end treatment and spend time at home.
After the news of her passing, a number of friends, family and fellow country performers have tweeted their condolences. Carrie Underwood wrote, “Praying for the family friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind,” while Blake Shelton added, “So sad to hear about Joeys passing.”
Fellow country star Chris Young remembered his time spent with Joey and her husband. “Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Feek family. Have played shows with Joey and Rory before and it’s so sad to lose her amazing voice,” he tweeted.
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