Joey Feek Dies At 40 After Cancer Battle,Husband Says

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

Rory Feek just confirmed his wife, country singer Joey Feek, has passed away after a battle with cervical cancer. She was 40.

"The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry," Rory posted moments ago on his This Life I Live blog. "Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior."

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side," he wrote.

Joey's Dolly from Hickory Films on Vimeo.

"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 continued in his blog. "When a person has been through as much pain and struggle as Joey’s been through, you just want it to be over. You want them to not have to hurt anymore, more that you want them to stay with you. And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier."

While adding that he can't imagine going back home to Tennessee without his wife, the post ends on an optimistic note.

"[Home] is where she wants us to be. It’s where she will be… She’s gonna be in the mint growing beside our back deck, the sweet-corn frozen in our freezer and a million other places that her hand and heart has touched around our little farmhouse and community," he writes. "Joey will still be with us. Everywhere."

The deeply religious couple were married in 2002, share 20-month old daughter Indiana. Joey also has two children from a previous relationship.They released eight studio albums: Their final record, “Hymns That Are Important to Us,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart in February. 

The couple received their first Grammy nomination two months prior: best country duo/group performance for the song “If I Needed You.” They have also been nominated for vocal duo of the year at various country award shows, winning the prize at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. You could easily spot them on the red carpet thanks to Rory in his signature overalls.

Many of their songs were about love and faith. So in an amusing twist, their biggest radio hit was the saucy “Cheater, Cheater,” in which a woman grills her husband about his affair: “Tell me cheater, cheater, where’d you meet that no-good, white-trash ho?”

Read Rory Feek's full post,click here