The Browns Member Bonnie Brown Dead at 77
According to Nashville’s Tennessean, Brown passed away on Saturday (July 16) at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.
Brown first revealed her cancer diagnosis in September: Stage IV Adenocarcinoma in her right lung. Her announcement came just slightly more than three months after her brother Jim Ed Brown’s death on June 11, 2015, at 81 years old, from lung cancer. In early July, the singer's family shared that she was in critical care after experiencing complications from a blood clot.
Bonnie Brown was born in Sparkman, Ark., on July 31, 1938. Together with her older siblings, Jim Ed and Maxine, she created the Browns in 1955 and rose to fame in country music thanks to hits such as “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” and “I Take the Chance.” The Browns were inducted into the Grand Old Opry in 1963, but they disbanded in 1967, at which point Jim Ed Brown began his solo career. The trio joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
“When Bonnie Brown joined her brother Jim Ed and her sister Maxine in song, the siblings created an incomparable harmony: the smoothest and most elegant blend in country music," Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young says. "Bonnie offered harmony offstage as well: She brought people together with regal grace and kindness. She lived a remarkable life, singing on grand stages, raising a beloved family, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame and breaking up with young Elvis Presley because he was, she said, a lousy kisser. Today, she is reunited with Jim Ed and with her husband of 56 years, Brownie Ring.”
Brown is survived by her sister Maxine; daughters Kelly and Robin and sons-in-law Ed and Rob; and grandchildren Clark, Kendall, Raeligh, Skylar and Stone.
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