Laura Lynch, one of the founding members of iconic country group, the Dixie Chicks, has died at the age of 65 following a car crash near El Paso, Texas on Friday, December 22nd.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident arose due to a truck entering the lane Laura Lynch was driving in, leading to a head-on collision with Lynch's pick-up.
Laura Lynch co-founded the Dixie Chicks in 1989 in Dallas, Texas alongside Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin (now Martie Maguire) and Emily Erwin (now Emily Robison), with the four-piece releasing three acclaimed records, Thank Heavens for Dale Evans, Little Ol' Cowgirl and Shouldn't a Told You That before Lynch made the decision to depart the band in 1995. Three years later, the Dixie Chicks’ career-defining album, Wide Open Spaces, propelled the group into the mainstream.
In a heartfelt message shared to their socials, the current three members of the band, which was renamed to ‘The Chicks’ in 2020, paid tribute to Laura Lynch's legacy.
Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and Natalie Haines - the latter of whom replaced Laura Lynch in 1995 - wrote, “Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love of all things Texas and was instrumental in the early success of the band”.
They went on the underline how crucial Laura Lynch was to their success, “Her undeniable talents helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages all across Texas and the mid-West. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time”.
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