Rory Feeks, half the country duo; Joey+Rory, confirmed that his wife Joey has died at 40 after a long battle with cancer.
He had been chronicling the struggle in an online diary – my guess, the best way he could cope with it.
People have been praying and Rory says in fact; his wife’s greatest dream came true: “She’s in heaven.”
Feek was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014, just four months after the birth of their daughter, Indiana Boone, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after she was born.
Feek had undergone surgery earlier in 2015 and was being treated with chemotherapy and radiation.
In 1994, Joey’s only brother died several days after being involved in a car accident near the family’s Indiana farmhouse. He was 17. In 2000, two years after moving to Nashville, Joey Martin was signed to Sony Music as a recording artist, but her two LPs for the label were shelved before being released.
The second album, Strong Enough to Cry, was eventually issued in 2007, five years into her marriage to songwriter Rory Lee Feek, whom she first spotted at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Rory Lee Feek, a Kansas native who served in the Marines before moving to Nashville in 1995, was a staff writer for Hall of Fame songwriter Harlan Howard, then with Clint Black, before forming the Giantslayer publishing company and record label in 2004.
He scored a Number One hit that year with Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach,” after having also penned hits for Collin Raye, Clay Walker and Tracy Byrd, among several others.
It’s the tragic end of a storybook romance and rise to fame.
God bless you Joey.
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