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Laura Lynch, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks — now generally known as The Chicks — died Friday in a automobile crash in El Paso, Texas. She was 65 years previous.
The Texas Division of Public Security confirmed Lynch’s loss of life in a press release to NPR.
The musician, who performed bass and sang with the influential all-women nation music band for 4 years from its inception in 1989, was touring eastbound on US 62 when her automobile, a 2016 Ford F-150, was struck head-on by one other car. She was pronounced deceased on the scene by a justice of the peace.
The opposite driver was transported to a close-by hospital with non-life-threatening accidents.
Chicks members Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines posted a tribute to Lynch on their Instagram channel, expressing shock and unhappiness on the information.
“Laura was a vibrant gentle. Her infectious power and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band,” it mentioned, “Our ideas are together with her household and family members at this unhappy time.”
The division of security mentioned the investigation is ongoing. The Chicks’ representatives didn’t reply to NPR’s request for remark.
Lynch co-founded the group in 1989 with sisters Maguire and Strayer (née Erwin), and left the group after recording three albums in 1993. She was changed by Maines. Initially the group’s bass participant, she began singing with the band following the departure of its unique vocalist, Robin Lynn Macy, in 1992.