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Sarah May
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December 24, 2023

Dixie Chicks co-founder Laura Lynch killed in TX car accident

The music world is mourning the loss of Laura Lynch, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, who died in a car accident at the age of 65, as Page Six reported.

According to TMZ, the incident occurred on Friday near El Paso, Texas, when the vehicle Lynch was driving was hit head-on by another motorist.

Tragedy on the road

The Texas Department of Public Safety offered some sad details about the chain of events that ultimately took Lynch's life.

Based on a preliminary investigation of the event, Lynch was driving her car east on Highway 62, when another driver -- traveling westbound at the time -- attempted to pass another car on a two-way highway in what turned out to be an ill-advised choice.

When the passing vehicle attempted its rapid maneuver, it ended up colliding directly with Lynch's car, and the renowned musician was pronounced dead at the site.

The other driver involved in the crash was taken to the hospital, but reportedly suffered injuries that were deemed non-life-threatening in nature.

Pivotal early role in band's growth

As TMZ detailed, Lynch joined forces with Robin Lynn Macy, Emily Erwin, and Martie Erwin back in 1989 to form the group now known simply as “The Chicks.”

Initially, Lynch was the band's upright bass player, but eventually assumed duties as lead vocalist.

After helping the group get its start, Lynch eventually left the band in 1995, when singer Natalie Maines took her place, a transition that allowed the co-founder to focus on family life and other endeavors.

Friend, colleague remembered

Amid the news of the musician's death, the current incarnation of the band issued a statement saying, “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,” the statement added.

The group went on, “Laura was a bright light...her infections energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band,” and its members offered sympathy to Lynch's loved ones, which include a husband and daughter.

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