Joey Feek, who rose to fame as a member of the soulful husband-and-wife country duo Joey + Rory, died Friday, according to her husband’s blog. She was 40 years old.
Feek made headlines in recent months as her husband, Rory, blogged on behalf of the couple about their experiences as she fought cervical cancer that eventually spread to her colon.
When the songstress’ cancer spread in October 2015, she informed fans that she was stopping treatment. She entered hospice care in early November, and Rory kept fans up-to-date in the months that followed.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” Rory Feek wrote on his blog.
“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.”
Joey Feek, originally Joey Martin, grew up in Alexandria, Ind., in a farmhouse. She married songwriter Rory on June 15, 2002 and they called Columbia, Tenn., home.
The pair gained fame in 2008 when they became the third-place finalist in the CMT show “Can You Duet.” Their debut album “This Life of a Song” was released in 2008, and the single from that album, “Cheater Cheater,” peaked at No. 30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. In 2010, they soared to new heights when they won an Academy of Country Music award for Top New Vocal Duo.