Joey Feek, from the husband-and-wife duo Joey + Rory, has died on Friday in her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana. The country singer was 40 and had been battling with terminal cancer at the time of her death with a worsening condition in the past few weeks.
Rory Lee, her husband, who had been writing about his wife’s finals months, announced her dead in his blog “This Live I Live”. He confirmed that Joey has passed away at 2.30 p.m. while surrounded by loved ones.
“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,” said the singer-songwriter.
Through the latest post, the grieving husband described her final moments and how as much as it hurted not be able to be with her anymore, he just wanted Joey to stop suffering and feeling the pain she had felt for a long time now.
Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014, a few month after she gave birth to their first child together, a girl named Indiana like Joy’s home state. In the next year, Rory wrote in his blog that the cancer was terminal and that she was going to stop treatment, as reported by the Washington Post.
After the devastating news, doctors gave them an estimate of the time Joey had left. According to the personal blog, they went home and threw out the calendar. “So we do not have forever, we have got right now” he wrote adding that it was enough.
“She has already got a head-start on me”
As Rory prepares to heading south, he is sure that his wife will be with him and their daughter everywhere. The religious couple married since 2002, have combined their talent to broke into mainstream success.
The Feeks released six studio albums after placing third on CMT’s competition “Can you Duet” in 2008. Their final album was recorded when she has already been diagnosed with cancer, just after her surgery last summer.
“Hymns That Are Important to Us” was released on Valentine’s day. Rory called it Joey’s album. The duo also earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for their performance of “If I Needed You”, according to ABC News.
Source: The Washington Post