Joey Martin Feek has gone home, the country singer recently lost her battle with cancer. She passed away today (March 4, 2016) around 2:30 PM according to her husband’s blog posting. Feek’s husband Rory Feek wrote in his blog on January 9, 2016 that her pain had continued to increase daily and her morphine dosage had quadrupled in the last days to keep her comfortable. Rory has been keeping fans updated on Joey’s condition through his blog postings over the course of Joey’s battle as well as giving reflections of the couple’s life together.
Joey became an inspiration to many readers through her determination and faith, some of those readers may have never heard of the duo before the news headlines. Many followed the couple’s Facebook page and maintained readings of Rory’s updated blog postings.
Joey had set a goal of living through the week of February 14th. The couple were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance of If I Needed You and the Grammy Awards were held February 15th. Although the duo did not win the Grammy that night, Joey was able to spend the evening enjoying the show on television with her husband and daughter. In addition, their daughter Indiana’s second birthday was week and once again Joey celebrated another year of her daughter’s life on February 17, 2016.
The group’s new album “Hymns That Are Important To Us” became available in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores the week of their daughter’s birthday. The album was an immediate hit with fans and put the duo at the top of the Billboard Country Album Charts the week of February 22nd.
Joey spent Christmas 2015 surrounded by her loved ones, including her then 21-month-old daughter Indiana, smiling big in photos posted to the couple’s Facebook page. Rory has two daughters, Heidi, 29, and Hopie, 27, that Joey has helped raise since the couple married in 2002. Her sister, Jody, is a nurse and took a leave of absence to care for Joey during the time in hospice care.
Joey was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May 2014, but despite multiple treatments, tests and surgeries, her cancer returned. In November 2015, the courageous country singer was admitted into hospice care after ending cancer treatments in late October, and returned to the home she grew up in to live out her last precious days with family and friends.
The duo placed third on CMT’s competition “Can You Duet” in 2008. The husband and wife team soon signed their record deal and released an album. They had a popular song on the country charts with Cheater, Cheater and soon followed that hit up with Play That Song which failed to chart.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Joey and Rory family and friends.