A sad day for the fans of The Chicks, formerly the Dixie Chicks.
Laura Lynch, one of the founding members of the Dixie Chicks, has passed away due to a car accident. Lynch was driving right outside of El Paso when another car slammed into her vehicle. A driver was trying to pass another car on a two-lane road but instead caused a head-on collision with Lynch. The driver of the other vehicle had non-life-threatening injuries, while Lynch was declared dead on the scene, TMZ reported.
Lynch was 64.
While most fans think of The Chicks as the trio that stands on stage today, Lynch was an integral part of the group’s founding. She curated the band alongside Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin, and Emily Erwinin 1990.
Lynch served as their upright bass player and recorded three albums with the group before she parted ways in 1993. She never tried for a solo career and retired from touring entirely after leaving the Dixie Chicks.
The Chicks shared on Instagram, grieving the loss of their friend and former member:
“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.”