The 40-year-old country singer was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May 2014. She ended cancer treatments in late October and entered hospice care the following month. Her husband has been keeping family and fans updated on Joey’s condition via the couple’s blog, and wrote in January that his wife is nearing her final days.
"I'd like to tell you that she's doing great and is going to beat this thing," Rory wrote. "But I can't. Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He's ready to take her… she's ready to come home."
"This is the last record that Joey and I will ever get to make and the last songs we'll ever get to sing together," he says of their new album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, out Feb. 12. "I have no desire to go on singing or performing without her."
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