Founding member of the Dixie Chicks dies suddenly in Texas

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Laura Lynch, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, died suddenly from a fatal car crash in El Paso, Texas. Lynch was 65 years old at the time of her sudden death.

A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety told Fox News that Lynch was killed about seven miles west of Cornudas on Friday morning. Lynch was reportedly driving her 2016 Ford F-150 on a two-way highway and attempted to pass another vehicle, but instead smashed into an oncoming vehicle in a head-on collision while traveling eastbound on US 62.

Authorities said Lynch suffered a sudden death from the deadly car accident. The musician was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The other driver was rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the fatal car accident.

The Chicks members Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, and Natalie Maines posted a tribute to Lynch on the band’s official Instagram page.

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.

Lynch co-founded the Dixie Chicks in 1989 with sisters Maguire and Strayer. Lynch – who played the bass and sang – left the influential country music group after recording three albums in four years. She was replaced by Maines.

While Lynch was with the Dixie Chicks, the band wrote “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans,” “Little Ol’ Cowgirl” and “Shouldn’t a Told You That.”

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