Country music mourned Friday after hearing the news of the death of Joey Feek after a lengthy battle with cervical cancer. She was 40.

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Joey Martin Feek, the wife and half of the country and bluegrass duo, Joey + Rory, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014 shortly after the birth of their daughter Indiana.

Last October they noted that the cancer was terminal and they were stopping all treatment.

In a heartfelt blog post by her husband Rory yesterday, he said wrote, 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.

In a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) telebriefing, CDC Principal Deputy Director, Ileana Arias, PhD said cervical cancer is a top cancer cause for women, currently ranking number 13 for new cancer cases and number 14 for cancer deaths.

Every year more than 12,000 women get cervical cancer and 4,000 die from the disease across the country.