The death of country music star Joey Feek age 40 after her long battle with cancer has brought forth an outpouring of reactions from fellow music artists and celebrities and fans alike. Many have turned to Twitter to share their tributes, condolences and remembrances of the singer who was one half of the duet Joey + Rory. Here’s a roundup of what is being said.
It was her husband, Rory Feek who broke the news on March 4th of the sad passing of his wife, Joey Feek’s in a statement on his blog in which he told the world, “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.”
Elaborating, he went on to say, “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.”
He also confirmed that she had passed away surrounded by family as she passed away. He wrote, “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.”
The couple had always been public about the cancer battle. Rory Feek was diagnosed with stage IV cervical cancer in 2014 after the birth of her daughter. It was last year that she herself revealed that her cancer had metastasized and her husband broke the news last October that she was terminal and had stopped further chemotherapy.
In an interview last year, she said, ““I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up. I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
Throughout the final months of his wife’s cancer battle, Rory Feek had keep a chronicle and just days before her passing, he had written a post entitled, “One Last Kiss” letting the world know the end was near. He had said in part, “…our oldest daughter Heidi by her mama’s side last night. Holding on and letting go.”
The couple had released seven albums together as the duet, Rory + Joey, including a final album, and their first of gospel music, “Hymns That Are Important to Us,” released just weeks before Joey Feek’s passing. They received their first and only Grammy nomination this year, for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “If I Needed You” although they did not win.
Where once there were words of empathy and concern are now condolences and tributes as news of her death goes viral on social media. Fellow country music stars are reacting on Twitter especially, our global gathering place for such times. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
Praying for the family & friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind. @joeyandrory
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 5, 2016
— Whitney Duncan (@whitneyduncan) March 5, 2016
I am saddened by the passing of Joey Feek, but inspired by the "for better or worse" that she and Rory Feek have shown us all…..
— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) March 5, 2016
So sad to hear about Joeys passing.. https://t.co/SjIlECXOPQ
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 5, 2016
— BRANDEN JAMES (@BrandenJMusic) March 5, 2016
Thinking about Rory Feek and family tonight. So sad to hear of Joey's passing.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) March 5, 2016
Joey Feek has passed and went to heaven. Prayers for her husband Rory Feek and their family.
They are awesome… https://t.co/1MthGTj71c
— Matt Kennon (@MattKennon) March 5, 2016
Reactions to the death are ongoing as #JoeyFeek and #RIPJoeyFeek hashtags are trending on Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Fans and celebrities alike send condolences for her husband and family and to pay tribute to the late country music star.
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