Country-Gospel Singer Joey Feek Loses Her Battle With Cancer But Triumphs in Death

By The Stream Published on March 5, 2016

After a two-year battle with cancer, 40-year-old country gospel singer Joey Feek has gone to be with the Lord. She and her husband Rory sang as a duo under the name Joey & Rory. Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to their daughter Indiana.

She stopped receiving treatments last fall when they appeared to be ineffective, and instead moved to hospice care in her childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana. She passed away around 2:30 p.m. Friday, surrounded by her husband and other loved ones saying their last good-byes.

Rory documented her battle on his blog, and in a final blog post wrote, “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. 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.” Fans had left 2,424 comments after the post as of this writing.

The couple became an item in 2008 after appearing on the Country Music Television show “Can you Duet?” They released an album, The Life of a Song, which was a surprise success. Then they opened for the Zac Brown Band. Their single “Cheater, Cheater” was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts. More recently, their song “If I Needed You” was nominated for best country duo/group performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards last month, and also is up for consideration at the upcoming 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, was released on February 12, 2016, and soared to the top of  Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts.

“Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy,” Rory said.

Her beautiful presence will be missed.

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