Sadly, shortly after giving birth, Joey discovered that she had cervical cancer. After various treatments, she was given the all-clear but just a year later was informed the cancer had not only returned but had spread to her colon too. Tragically, despite undergoing an intensive surgical procedure and chemotherapy, she was then told the disease had become terminal.
Joey began receiving hospice care in November 2015. She lived to see daughter Indiana celebrate her second birthday, spend a final Valentine’s Day with Rory and receive a Grammy nomination for the Joey + Rory song, “If I Needed You.” But she eventually succumbed to the illness in March 2016, aged just 40.