Kylie Rae Harris died on Sept. 4 in a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico. The country singer was 30.
According to the AP, another driver, a 16-year-old, was also killed while the third driver escaped injury in the evening crash on State Road 522.
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night,” Harris’ publicist says in a statement to Billboard. “We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”
Leading West African singer DJ Arafat dies in road crash
DJ Arafat, an Ivorian singer with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday. "Death of artist DJ Arafat today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight," it tweeted. According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured, the singer, 33, was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died. Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat -- real name Ange Didier Huon -- had a massive audience in French-speaking western and central African countries.
Harris’ last post on social media hinted that she was low on gas. “Fuel range is 46 miles and I’m 36 from the nearest gas station Dear baby Jesus please don’t let me get stranded in NM,” she wrote on Twitter.
Harris released her latest self-titled EP in March of this year. The project chronicles the lessons she’s learned throughout her life and includes songs penned with Jon Randall, Dave Berg, Bonnie Bishop and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Billboard premiered the poignant “Twenty Years From Now,” a song she penned as a prayer for her daughter and said was the most important song she’s ever written.
“You deserve nothing less than happiness/ And so do I/ Twenty years from now/ My prayer is that somehow/ You’ll forgive all my mistakes and be proud of the choice I made/ God I hope I’m still around/ Twenty years from now,” she sings alongside soaring instrumentation and tender vocals.
'Lucifer' Star Rachael Harris and Husband Christian Hebel Divorcing After 4 Years of Marriage
The actress is separating from her husband after four years of marriage. Harris submitted the paperwork on Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The cause of the separation is unknown. Harris, who is best known as Lucifer Morningstar’s therapist, Dr. Linda Martin, on the Fox series, and Hebel, a violist and concertmaster, got engaged in Capri, Italy, in September of 2014. They eloped eight months later in a small ceremony at New York's City Hall. The two are parents to 3-year-old son Henry and 1-year-old son Otto. This is Harris' second divorce.
She penned the song with Randall shortly after a road trip with her then two-and-a-half year old daughter, Corbie. Driving from Tulsa to Nashville after a difficult visit with her daughter’s father, Harris recounted the trip in her head. She had previously lost her father to cancer and she realized that not everyone gets the opportunity to know their parents as adults.
“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she told Billboard. “I want to meet my kid’s kids. Getting to the age your parents were when you were a child brings a whole lot of perspective."
Harris grew up in a small town northeast of Dallas, Texas. Family road trips often included the music of Radney Foster and Jerry Jeff Walker while Walt Wilkins and Patty Griffin were early influence. After singing in church, she wrote her first song at 14. Harris has released two albums and her most recent EP in March.
Kylie Rae Harris Posted Eerie Emotional Video About a Car Crash Hours Before She Died in Accident
Kylie Rae Harris Posted Eerie Video Hours Before She Died in Accident Kylie Rae Harris‘ final hours were spent reminiscing on memories driving down the very roads she would soon die on. On Wednesday afternoon, before the fatal crash that tragically claimed the country singer’s life, Harris, 30, posted a series of videos on her Instagram Stories documenting her road trip through New Mexico.
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Kylie Rae Harris Caused Car Accident That Killed Her and Teen, Police Claim
Country singer Kylie Rae Harris is to blame for the car accident that killed her and a 16-year-old high school student, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico claimed. Celebrity Deaths in 2019: Stars We’ve Lost Harris was involved in a fatal car accident on Wednesday, September 4, after her three-wheel vehicle crashed north of Taos, New Mexico.
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Kylie Rae Harris crash a shock for NM fire chief; learns his 16-year-old daughter also died
A New Mexico volunteer fire chief who responded to Wednesday night's fatal crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris learned to his horror that his own 16-year-old daughter also died in the accident, according to a report. The teen, Maria Elena Cruz, had been driving home from work when Harris made contact with the back of a pickup truck and veered into oncoming traffic, hitting Cruz's vehicle head-on, police said. Pedro Cruz, a volunteer fire chief with the San Cristobal Fire and Maria’s father, responded to the call in Taos County, N.M., Albuquerque's KRQE-TV reported. Both Cruz and Harris died at the scene.
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