Dixie Chicks singer Laura Lynch dies in Texas car accident

 December 24, 2023

Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Dixie Chicks, met a tragic end in a head-on collision in El Paso, Texas, as confirmed by the police on Saturday.

Lynch, aged 65, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 62 when another vehicle, attempting to pass on a two-way undivided section of the highway, collided with her car, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. local time on Friday.

The announcement

The band, now known as The Chicks since 2020, expressed their deep sorrow over Lynch's passing, stating they were "shocked and saddened" by the news.

“Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band,” the statement said. “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.”

In a heartfelt statement, they reminisced about the time spent with Lynch, emphasizing her significant contributions to the band's early success.

Describing Lynch as a "bright light" with infectious energy and humor, the band credited her design skills, love for Texas, and instrumental role in propelling the group's success.

The details

Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities noted she was not wearing a seatbelt. The other vehicle involved caught fire, and its driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Laura Lynch co-founded the group in 1989 alongside Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin, and Emily Erwin, serving as the upright bass player and eventually taking on singing responsibilities.

She contributed to three albums before departing, with Natalie Maines stepping in as her replacement.

Her influence

The untimely demise of Laura Lynch marks the end of an era for The Chicks, as she played an integral role in the band's formative years.

Lynch's vibrant energy, humor, and creative talents, particularly in design, were crucial in elevating the group from street performances to stages across Texas and the Midwest.

The band's statement reflects not only on Lynch's musical contributions but also on the camaraderie and laughter they shared during their time together.

The tragic accident during her travels underscores the unpredictability of life's twists and turns. Her absence leaves a void in the band's history, with fans and fellow musicians mourning the loss of a talented artist.

As The Chicks navigate this difficult moment, they undoubtedly hold onto the memories and impact of Laura Lynch's enduring legacy within the band.

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