Dixie Chicks' Laura Lynch Founding Member Dead at 65 ... After Car Accident in Texas


1:20 PM PT -- The Chicks just addressed Laura's death, writing ... "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."

They add, "Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time."

11:42 AM PT -- The Texas Dept. of Public Safety has confirmed Lynch's death, and the details thus far about how she died are absolutely tragic. Law enforcement says their preliminary investigation shows that Laura was heading east on Highway 62, and that another car heading west attempted to pass another vehicle in front of it on a two-way undivided portion of the highway.

As that car tried going around, it ended up hitting Laura's vehicle head-on... and killed her. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Laura was declared dead at the scene ... and a full probe has been launched.

Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Dixie Chicks, has died after being involved in a car crash ... TMZ has learned.

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.

Come '93, it was just 3 Dixie Chicks and they released yet another album, "Shouldn't a Told You That," which didn't receive much commercial success either. This was the last album Lynch contributed to before leaving the band in '95 ... when Natalie Maines replaced her.

There are different reasons cited for why Lynch left ... but it appears she was heading in a different direction big picture -- wanting to focus on family and personal matters. At any rate, in interviews since -- LL expressed no regrets about her decision, and went on to live a relatively private life. Of course, in the following years ... the Dixie Chicks caught fire.

With Maines, the sound of the band changed to become a bit more modern ... and Maines took up lead vocal duties -- with sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer staying on too. They broke through into the mainstream in '98 with "Wide Open Spaces," and took off.

Of course, the Dixie Chicks were at the center of a lot of controversy heading into the 2000s -- including their remarks on George W. Bush and the Iraq War -- and eventually ... they changed their band name too due to the racist southern undertones affiliated with the OG.

As for Laura, she married Mac Tull and had a daughter, both of whom she's survived by. She was 65.


Originally Published -- 11:19 AM PT

Laura Lynch de Dixie Chicks Miembro fundador del grupo muere a los 65 años... Tras accidente automovilístico en Texas


11:42 AM PT -- El Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas ha confirmado la muerte de Lynch y los detalles sobre cómo murió son absolutamente trágicos. La policía dice que su investigación preliminar muestra que Laura se dirigía hacia el este por la autopista 62, y que otro carro que se dirigía hacia el oeste trató de adelantar a otro vehículo en una porción no dividida de las vías de la carretera.

Cuando ese carro intentó dar la vuelta, acabó golpeando de frente al vehículo de Laura y la mató. El conductor del otro vehículo fue trasladado a un hospital con heridas que no ponen en peligro su vida. Laura fue declarada muerta en el lugar de los hechos ... y se ha abierto una investigación completa.

Laura Lynch, miembro fundador de The Dixie Chicks, ha muerto después de estar involucrada en un accidente automovilístico, TMZ ha indagado.

El primo de la cantante, Mick Lynch, nos dice que Laura falleció el viernes en las afueras de El Paso, Texas, justo después de la puesta del sol mientras conducía a la cercana Dell City, que está a una hora y media de distancia hacia el este. Nos dicen que ella viajaba en una carretera y se metió en una colisión.

No están disponibles más detalles sobre las circunstancias exactas del accidente.

Lynch cofundó el famoso grupo de música, ahora conocido solo como The Chicks, junto a Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin y Emily Erwin en 1989. Ella comenzó como bajista y finalmente asumió el papel de vocalista de la banda.

Al principio, tenían un sonido bluegrass/tradicional del country y eran sobre todo un grupo local de Texas que hacía giras por la zona y los estados vecinos.

Con el tiempo, publicaron su primer álbum "Thank Heavens for Dale Evans", en 1990, que no produjo ningún éxito. Lo mismo ocurrió con su segundo álbum, "Little Ol' Cowgirl", de 1992, aunque en ese caso incluyeron una canción que fue portada y tuvo cierta repercusión "Past the Point of Rescue". Fue durante este período cuando otra integrante legendaria Robin Lynn Macy, abandonó el grupo.

En el 93, solo quedaban tres Dixie Chicks y publicaron otro disco titulado "Shouldn't a Told You That", que tampoco tuvo mucho éxito comercial. Este fue el último álbum en el que participó Lynch antes de abandonar el grupo en 1995, cuando Natalie Maines la sustituyó.

Hay diferentes razones de por qué se fue, pero parece que iba en otra dirección en general. Deseaba centrarse en su familia y sus asuntos personales. En cualquier caso, en las entrevistas que ha concedido desde entonces, Laura Lynch no se había arrepentido de su decisión y llevaba una vida relativamente privada. Por supuesto, en los años siguientes las Dixie Chicks fueron furor.

Con Maines, el sonido de la banda cambió hacia un estilo un poco más moderno. Ella asumió la función de vocalista junto a las hermanas Martie Maguire y Emily Strayer. En el 98 se abrieron paso con el gran público de "Wide Open Spaces", donde despegaron.

Por supuesto, las Dixie Chicks estuvieron al centro de muchas controversias en la década de los 2000 por sus comentarios sobre George W. Bush y la guerra de Irak, y al final también cambiaron el nombre de su grupo debido a las connotaciones racistas del sur asociadas al nombre original.

En cuanto a Laura, se casó con Mac Tull y tuvo una hija, ambas le sobreviven. Tenía 65 años.

Que en paz descanse.

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