Country singer Joey Feek, whose husband documented her final monthsbattling cervical cancer through a series of emotional posts on social media and her husband’s blog, died Friday at the age of 40.
“My wife’s greatest dream came true today,” her husband and musical partner, Rory Feek, wrote in a blog post. “She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone. The pain has ceased. And all her tears are dry.”
Rory said his wife passed away in the afternoon as she surrounded by loved ones. “My precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.”
Joey and Rory chronicled her journey through the electronic journals maintained by Joey’s husband, who recorded his wife’s battle through pictures on the couple’s Facebook and Instagram pages and through heartbreaking updates posted to his blog, “This Life I Live.”
“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 wrote Friday. “There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. But I try.”
In his blog post the day his wife died, Rory included a video of one of their final special moments together. In it Joey’s idol, Dolly Parton, shared a special message.
“I just think that you’re wonderful, and I know God’s proud of you,” Parton said as an emotional and frail Joey watched, surrounded by loved ones.
Earlier in this year, Rory expressed gratitude for “all the extra days and weeks that we’ve been given together,” given that doctors “didn’t expect Joey to make it to Thanksgiving.”
The singer was first diagnosed with cancer in May 2014, about three months after giving birth to the couple’s daughter, Indiana.
She underwent an aggressive treatment plan that included a hysterectomy and other surgeries, as well as chemotherapy and radiation, which she resumed again in 2015 after the cancer returned.
Last October, Joey decided to stop treatment. The family then relocated from their Tennessee farm house so that Joey could enter hospice care in her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana.