Joey Feek Dies From Cancer

Posted at 5:54 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2017-02-28 11:26:11-05

After a long battle with cancer, Joey Feek of country music duo Joey+Rory has died.

Rory Feek said in a blog post Friday evening, "My wife’s greatest dream came true today.  She is in Heaven."

The 40-year-old died at 2:30 p.m. in her home in Indiana, as family members held her hands and prayed. "My precious bride breathed her last.  And a moment later took her first breath on the other side," Rory said in the post.

Rory went on to explain why being in heaven was a dream come true for Joey. 

"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 said.

In the post he shared a video of Joey watching a message from one of her idols Dolly Parton describing it as one of the most beautiful moments he'd ever seen.

Joey's Dolly from Hickory Films on Vimeo.

He posted a few days ago that Joey went into a "deep sleep." She has been staying at their Indiana home with family.

Joey was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May of 2014 following the birth of the couple's daughter Indiana.  After the cancer spread, she entered hospice care in November.  Rory documented her treatment and final days on a blog that was followed by people across the world.

Joey began singing at age 6.  She met and married Rory in 2002.  The duo was discovered in 2008 after they competed on CMT's show "Can You Duet." Their first single was "Cheater, Cheater."  They recorded seven albums.

Cracker Barrel, which partnered with the duo, released this statement Friday:

"We send our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Feek family during this very difficult time. It has been a pleasure partnering with Joey+Rory over the years and bringing their beautiful gift of music to our guests. Joey+Rory will always be a special part of the Cracker Barrel family, and we know their music will continue to touch the lives of many."

Joey said the family plans to return to Tennessee. The funeral will be a private service.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Joey and Indy at PO Box 5471 Vancouver, WA 98668.