Joey Feek: Stars Mourn the Late Country Singer

PHOTO: Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage
Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.

Following a battle with cervical cancer, country singer Joey Feek died Friday at the age of 40.

According to her husband Rory, who announced the news on his blog, This Life I Live, she died surrounded by loved ones, who were holding hands and praying.

"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," Rory wrote. "And so, it makes the hard job of saying goodbye just a little easier."

Feek was a Grammy-nominated singer and one half of the duo, Joey + Rory.

She is survived by her husband, their 2-year-old daughter Indiana, and Rory's two daughters from a previous relationship, Heidi and Hopie.

The news of her death sparked an outpouring of emotion from the country music community and other stars. Their sentiments are below: