Joey Feek of Joey + Rory Fame Passes Away, Remembered by Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and More

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Joey Feek, one-half of the country/bluegrass duo known as Joey + Rory, lost her battle to cancer on Friday, passing away around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.

Fighting cancer since 2014, Joey Feek never complained about her trials, but used them as a way to grow closer to Jesus. She and husband Rory Feek clung to their deep Christian faith throughout her illness, and Rory will now rely on it for strength in the coming difficult days.

Superstars within the country music world are grieving Joey Feek's passing right along with her family. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, and more shared their sorrow over the loss of the Joey + Rory singer.

Joey Feek was surrounded by loved ones, including two-year-old daughter Indiana, and Rory Feek's daughters from a previous relationship, Hopie and Heidi, at the time of her passing. She died at her childhood home in Indiana. She will be buried at the farm she and Rory shared in Tennessee.

Joey Feek's passing on Friday was first shared by husband Rory on his blog, This Life I Live. Rory Feek has detailed the highs and lows of the past months of Joey's illness on the blog.

"My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven," Rory penned.

"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 shared.

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last," he wrote.

"And a moment later took her first breath on the other side."

Rory Feek has struggled immensely in the face of Joey Feek's illness, yet has remained steadfast and true to their faith. He has remained upbeat and positive for his little girl.

Weeks ago, in his blog, Rory said once Joey Feek was gone, he would stop singing. He claimed he couldn't imagine performing or recording without his precious Joey by his side.

Perhaps Joey Feek will inspire her husband from Heaven, so he may continue to use the gift he shared with others for so many years.

Life has now irrevocably changed for Rory Feek. He will go on and raise a little girl with Down syndrome as a single dad. He will no doubt cling to his memories of Joey and honor her memory in countless ways in the months and years to come.

Joey Feek left behind a legacy that goes so much farther than her music. She left one of strength and endurance, proving to all that winning the race isn't necessarily the greatest prize. The prize is in the route itself.

Joey Feek touched many along her route, in ways that will affect them for a long, long time.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.