Who Died From The Dixie Chicks (The Chicks)?

Last Updated on January 5, 2024 by Team CrazyJackz

In 1989, a band named the Dixie Chicks was formed. They took the stage by storm and were known for making their mark in both country and country pop music genres. Today, they are no longer known as the Dixie Chicks, but rather just The Chicks. Yet, they are still continuing to pay tribute to these popular genres.

As time goes by, however, we often have to see a favorite music star leave this world. So, what about the Dixie Chicks? Did anyone from the Dixie Chicks die lately? Do you know if all the members of the Dixie Chicks are still alive? Well, let’s find out today.

Who Died From The Dixie Chicks?

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No, none of the core members of the Dixie Chicks band have died. The band consists of:

  • Natalie Maines (lead vocals, guitar)
  • Emily Strayer (banjo, vocals)
  • Martie Maguire (fiddle, vocals)

The lineup has remained the same for the band from many years. There have been some changes in supporting and touring musicians over the years, but Maines, Strayer, and Maguire are all still alive today and actively performing with the Dixie Chicks (as of 2023). The band also did ‘The Chicks tour’ in 2022 & 2023 after releasing their most recent album “Gaslighter” in 2020.

As far as now, there haven’t been any widely reported health issues for these members. Of course, the Dixie Chicks’ have dealt with some illnesses and voice issues, like many vocal performers do over long careers, but have been able to treat them successfully and continue performing. None appear to have faced major life-threatening health problems. So in summary, the three core members who make up the Dixie Chicks are all still alive.

Well, now let’s take a look at each member of the band separately, and where they are now.

Natalie Maines:

Since 1995, Natalie Maines has played an important role in the Dixie Chicks, serving as the lead vocalist at the time. It was shortly after she left the Berklee College of Music, that she was recruited by this all-female band. Prior to Natalie’s arrival, Laura Lynch was the lead vocalist for the group. Between the years 1998 and 2007, with Natalie as the lead vocalist, the group was able to secure 13 Grammy Awards, as well as multiple Country Music Association Awards.

Born in 1974, Natalie is currently turning close to the age of 50. Natalie is still alive right now and has been active in the music industry since 1995. She is not only a talented vocalist but also great with the bass and guitar.

Martie Maguire:

Martie Maguire is another major part of the Chicks, or Dixie Chicks, and was also one of the founding members when the band started out. Maguire is talented with a number of instruments, including the double bass, guitar, viola, and mandolin. Martie’s birth name is Erwin, but she has changed her name twice in the past – and she has been known as Martie Maguire for quite some time now.

Martie is very much alive today, and just over 50. She has openly talked about the fact that she and her husband struggled with infertility, but they were finally able to get pregnant.

Emily Strayer:

Born Emily Burns Strayer in 1972, this talented individual is known for her multi-instrumental talent. She is also a singer, as well as a songwriter. Sister to Martie Maguire, Emily also became part of the Dixie Chicks during their younger days. Over the years, Emily has worked with labels like Open Wide and SonyBMG. Strayer also formed a band as a side-project with her sister called the Court Yard Hounds.

Of course, Strayer is also still alive and healthy today, with four children.

So in summary, the three members of the Dixie Chicks – Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison – are all still alive and no core member of the band has passed away. They continue to perform occasionally after a long and successful career in country music.

Other Members From The Dixie Chicks: Did Anyone Die?

Today, the Chicks consist of Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, and Natalie Maines. When they only started out, however, things were a bit different. At the time, Robin Lynn Macy and Laura Lynch were part of the Dixie Chicks.

Both of these individuals decided to leave the Dixie Chicks early on in their careers. Laura decided to leave the Dixie Chicks as the lead vocalist in 1993. Prior to her leaving, Macy also left the group, stating that she wanted to move in a direction that would allow her to pursue a more “pure” bluegrass sound.

Lynn Macy who was the former member of the Dixie Chicks, is also still alive today.

Update: Laura Lynch who was one of the founding members of the Dixie Chicks, died in a car crash in Texas in 2023. The death was confirmed by Nikol Endres, a justice of the peace in the area. She was 65 when she died.


The famous trio, consisting of Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Strayer, have come together once again, reforming The Chicks. Previously known as the Dixie Chicks, after being so-called canceled, the band took quite a hit.

Even though some members, like Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy, are no longer with the band, all members (except Laura Lynch) are still seemingly alive in the modern day, despite some hoaxes going around.

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