Laura Lynch, a founding member of the country music band Dixie Chicks, died in a head-on car crash in Texas.

Lynch, 65, died approximately seven miles west of Cornudas on Friday morning while driving her car.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson told Fox News Digital that a car hit Lynch head-on while attempting to pass another vehicle on a two-way highway.

TMZ reports:

The musician’s cousin, Mick Lynch, tells us Laura passed away Friday outside of El Paso, TX just after sunset while driving from there to nearby Dell City — which is about an hour and a half away going east. We’re told she was traveling on a highway and got into a collision.

No other details about the exact circumstances of the accident were immediately available.

Lynch co-founded the famous music group — now known just as The Chicks — alongside Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin and Emily Erwin back in 1989 … serving as the upright bassist and eventually taking on the role of lead vocalist for the band.

At first, they had a bluegrass/traditional country sound … and toward the beginning of their career, they were mostly a local Texas act that toured the area and surrounding states.

Eventually, they released their first album, “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans,” in 1990 … which didn’t produce any charting singles. Ditto for their 2nd album, “Little Ol’ Cowgirl,” from 1992 — although that one featured a song that got covered and got some play, “Past the Point of Rescue.” It was during this period that another OG member, Robin Lynn Macy, exited.

“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,” The Chicks said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time. – Emily, Martie & Natalie,” it added.

Per Fox News:

Officials said that Lynch wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that hit Lynch was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lynch was 65 when she passed away.

Lynch left the group in 1993.


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