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:
Praying for the family & friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind. @joeyandrory— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 5, 2016
So sad to hear about Joeys passing.. https://t.co/SjIlECXOPQ— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 5, 2016
God bless you Joey,& prayers for Rory and family tonight. There's never been a more courageous battle or inspiring example. Heaven awaits.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) March 5, 2016
Heartbroken by the passing of the beautiful Joey Feek and completely inspired by the way she lived every minute. Full of love and life...— Kimberly Perry (@kimberlyperry) March 5, 2016
My heart goes out to @joeyandrory on this day. Joey has gone to a better place, I send my thoughts, love and prayers to Rory and family.— JT Hodges (@HelloJTHodges) March 5, 2016
I am saddened by the passing of Joey Feek, but inspired by the "for better or worse" that she and Rory Feek have shown us all.....— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) March 5, 2016
We are so very saddened to learn of the passing of Joey Feek. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and fans today.— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) March 4, 2016
Sending love and prayers to the family & friends of Joey Feek. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. @joeyandrory— Maddie & Tae (@MaddieandTae) March 5, 2016
Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Feek family. Have played shows with Joey and Rory before and it's so sad to lose her amazing voice— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) March 5, 2016
Such sad news of Joey Feek passing. So many prayers for her family and friends. What a beautiful soul @joeyandrory— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) March 5, 2016
Heartbroken to hear of Joey Feek's passing. Such an incredible story of strength, love and grace. Prayers & love for the Feek family.— Hunter Hayes (@HunterHayes) March 5, 2016