Country singer Joey Feek dies after long battle with cervical cancer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Singer Joey Feek of the country duo Joey and Rory has died after a long battle with cervical cancer.

Joey, 40, passed away around 2:30 p.m. Friday in her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana.

The country singer was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer shortly after giving birth to her 2-year-old daughter.

Joey entered hospice care last November after she decided not to undergo further treatment when doctors said the cancer had spread.

Her husband Rory has shared his wife’s journey on an online blog called “This Life I Live.” In a recent post, he wrote that Joey had “done all she set out to do.”

He also wrote about the pain his wife was in on a daily basis.

“She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so,” Rory wrote. “She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.”

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

Before falling into a deep sleep earlier this week, Rory said his wife gathered her family together one final time so she could say goodbye.

She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Indy, Heidi and Hopie.

Rory said he and his daughters plan to return to their Tennessee home in the near future.

“It’s hard for me to imagine being there without Joey, but at the same time… it 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.  Joey will still be with us.  Everywhere,” Rory said on his blog.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately released.

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