Dixie Chicks Founding Member Laura Lynch Dies in Tragic Car Accident

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Laura Lynch, a co-founder of The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks), passed away at the age of 65 after being involved in a car accident in Texas. She was instantly killed on Friday (Dec. 22) after another vehicle slammed head-on into her car while attempting to pass another vehicle on Highway 62 outside of El Paso, Texas.

The driver of the other car was reportedly transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while Lynch was declared dead at the scene.

Lynch co-founded The Chicks with Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin, and Emily Erwin in 1989. The group expressed their shock and sadness at Lynch’s passing, describing her as a bright light with infectious energy and humor. They also credited her talents with helping the band achieve early success.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Chicks,” the group wrote alongside a performance clip with Lynch on Instagram. “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 admire 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.”

The Chicks concluded their statement, writing, “Our thoughts are with her family and admired ones at this sad time.”

Lynch, a Texas-born artist, initially served as the upright bass player for Dixie Chicks and eventually took on the role of singer. Two years after leaving the group, she was replaced by Natalie Maines.

Lynch is survived by her ex-husband, Mac Tull, and her daughter, Asia.

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