Laura Lynch, founder of 'The Chicks,' dies in head-on car crash

 December 24, 2023

The country music world lost a legend last week. 

According to the Washington Examiner, musician Laura Lynch, founding member of "The Chicks," formerly known as "The Dixie Chicks," died in a tragic vehicle accident.

Lynch, 65, was traveling down a Texas highway when a vehicle in the other lane that was attempting to pass the car in front of it collided with Lynch's vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Statement released

The Chicks released a statement through their Instagram account announcing the tragic death of Lynch and praised her for her contributions to the band.

"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," the band wrote.

They added, "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."

It was noted that the driver and passengers in the other vehicle involved in the fatal accident sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It's unclear at this time if the driver of the vehicle will face charges.

Tributes pour in

Given her contributions to country music, Lynch received an outpouring of tributes.

"Listening in honor of Laura Lynch (even though she was not on this record, it is by far my favorite and Rick Rubin does it so much justice). Cheers to Laura’s friends and The Chicks," one X user wrote

Another X user wrote, "So sorry to hear about the loss of Laura. She will be greatly missed."

The Chicks' founding member is survived by her husband Mac Wells and daughter Asia.

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