• Laura Lynch, co-founder of the country band The Chicks, has died in a car accident at the age of 65
• The current members of The Chicks issued a statement expressing shock and sadness at Laura’s passing
• The band described Laura as a “bright light” whose talents helped propel them to success
Here is what happened:
The Chicks are mourning the death of Laura Lynch, one of their co-founders, who passed away in a car accident at the age of 65. The former lead singer and upright bass player was killed in a head-on collision on December 22 on a highway in El Paso, Texas. The remaining Chicks members – Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, and Natalie Maines – issued a statement expressing their shock and sadness at Laura’s passing.
Laura Lynch co-founded The Chicks, originally known as the Dixie Chicks, in 1989 as a bluegrass band along with sisters Martie and Emily, and Robin Lynn Macy. Their name was inspired by the band Little Feat’s 1973 song “Dixie Chicken.” After recording three albums, Laura made her exit from the band in 1995 and was replaced by Natalie. In 2020, the group changed their name to The Chicks.
The band described Laura as a “bright light” and praised her infectious energy, humor, and undeniable design talents that helped propel the band to success. They added that her love for Texas and her instrumental role in the early days of the band hold a special place in their hearts. Their thoughts are with Laura’s family and loved ones at this sad time.
In addition to the tribute from the band members, fans can also view a photo gallery titled “Celebrity Deaths: 2023’s Fallen Stars” to remember other influential figures who have passed away in the same year. The Chicks’ tribute to Laura Lynch is a heartfelt acknowledgment of her impact on the band and the lasting legacy she leaves behind.