The Chicks ‘shocked and saddened’ after death of founding member Laura Lynch aged 65

Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch of Dixie Chicks fame has died

Laura Lynch, a founding member of Dixie Chicks – now known as The Chicks – has died aged 65, following a car accident.

The musician’s cousin, Mick Lynch, confirmed to TMZ that Lynch died on Friday (December 22) outside of El Paso, Texas.

Just after sunset, she was driving to Dell City when she was involved in a fatal crash on the highway.

Another car heading west was said to be trying to pass another car in front of it but, as it attempted to move around Lynch’s vehicle, it hit her.

The singer was declared dead at the scene while the other driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lynch co-founded the famous music group along with Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin, and Emily Erwin back in 1989.

Following her death, the current line-up paid tribute with a social media post, writing: ‘We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Chicks.

‘We hold a special place in our hearts for the time we spent playing music, laughing and traveling together.

‘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.

‘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’, they signed off.

Dixie Chicks

The country star performed as a bassist for Dixie Chicks before taking over lead vocals

Dixie Chicks

She exited the band in 1995

Lynch performed as the bassist in the group before taking on the role of lead vocalist.

They released their debut album, Thank Heavens for Dale Evans, in 1990, while their second was named Little Ol’ Cowgirl, released in 1992.

The country band’s first two records failed to achieve chart success, but the song Past the Point of Rescue did get some radio play.

In 1993, Dixie Chicks released another album, Shouldn’t a Told You That, this time as a three-piece following fellow original member Macy’s exit.

Shouldn’t a Told You That was the last record Lynch worked on before leaving the group in 1995.

Dixie Chicks

Lynch was replaced by Natalie Maines after her exit (Picture: Fotos International/Getty Images)

Dixie Chicks

The country group only started to achieve chart success in the late 1990s (Picture: Art Zelin/Getty Images)

She was replaced by Natalie Maines.

Lynch is now survived by her partner Mac Tull and a daughter.

As for Dixie Chicks, the group went on to achieve success with their albums Wide Open Spaces (1998) and Fly (1999) after Lynch left.

They have won 13 Grammy awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way which earned album of the year, and sold over 33million albums.

As of 2020, The Chicks had become the best-selling all-woman band and best-selling country group in the US from 1991 onwards.

The Chicks

The Chicks now consists of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, and Emily Robison (Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

However, the famous band has also had its fair share of controversies.

Days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while on stage in London, the band said they were ashamed of then-President George W. Bush and said that they did not endorse the war.

Longtime fans proceeded to boycott their music as their remarks sparked backlash.

Following a hiatus, they returned with new music informed by the criticism, which included the single Not Ready to Make Nice – their biggest crossover hit which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

After another hiatus, Maguire and Strayer released an album in 2009 as the Court Yard Hounds, before Dixie Chicks reunited to tour in the 2010s.

The Chicks

The trio have 13 Grammys and have sold over 30million albums (Picture: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)

In 2020, ahead of releasing their first album together in 14 years, Gaslighter, their name was changed to simply The Chicks.

This was due to the original’s negative connotations and racist Southern undertones.

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