Joey Feek

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The loss of Joey Feek is being felt by all those who appreciated her talent and spirit.

E! News learned that the Joey + Rory member died earlier today after a battle with cervical cancer. She was 40 years old.

The news was announced from by her husband Rory Feek, who broke the tragic news in a blog titled A Dream Come True. "My wife's greatest dream came true today.  She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry.  

"Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior. At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side. As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time… I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true. "

Included in the lengthy post was a video showing Feek being surprised by a video message from Dolly Parton.

"Joey and Rory, I've loved you for years. I've had all your records and Joey, I  just wanted you to know that I really appreciate the fact that you've often done my songs, talked about me at different times and I've heard that you're a big fan," Parton said in the video to Joey.

"I want you to know that I appreciate that and I want you to know I'm sorry that you're not feeling good, but I know we have something in common, we both believe in a higher power. We believe that through God all things are possible, so you keep praying and I'll keep praying for ya and I just think you're wonderful and I know that God is proud of you. So I just wanted to take a chance to say thank you for loving me and I'll be loving you."

Meanwhile, celebs including Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood took to Twitter to share their condolences: 

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