Legendary 1980s country singer Holly Dunn has died at the age of 59. The singer, who later turned her hand to painting, had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2016. WSMV reports that Dunn passed away at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The station added that she was a surrounded by family members.
Dunn was perhaps best known for her songs “You Really Had Me Going” and “Daddy’s Hands.”
During an August 2016 interview with the website Hallels, Dunn described her aggressive cancer saying, “Back in March of this year, I was diagnosed with a rare, very aggressive form of ovarian cancer. If you read the statistics, it is very bleak. Good thing I don’t believe in statistics!” Dunn also spoke about how her faith was helping her with the condition:
I had surgery and now I am having chemo treatments. I have since grown more tumors and it is going to be more of a battle than I anticipated, but I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God.
I look towards a future when I am completely healed and cancer free. I ask for prayers of strength and courage as this journey continues.
Her final album was released in 2003, titled “Full Circle,” which focused on gospel music. After that, Dunn became a full-time painter. In August 2016, while discussing her cancer diagnosis with The Boot, Dunn explained why she left the music business saying:
I left the business because it was clear that radio had moved on and wasn’t interested in anything new from me. Without radio’s support, it just gets harder and harder to keep the wheels turning in a music career.
I was still in my early 40s [at the time] and had a lot of other interests, and wanted to put my creative energy into pursuing the field of fine arts … I also had a love affair for the southwest, namely Santa Fe, [N.M.], and had always wanted to live out there.
It just seemed like the right time to close out one chapter and start another. I pretty much left Nashville and never looked back.