Country singer Kylie Rae Harris died on Wednesday in a three-vehicle car crash in Taos, New Mexico. She was 30.
Harris’ publicist released a statement to Billboard about the singer’s passing.
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night,” Harris’ publicist told the outlet. “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.”
A couple hours before her passing, Harris posted a series of videos to her Instagram Stories about her life on the way to Big Barn Dance Music Festival where she was set to perform.
“I’m alright, I look a mess. It’s because I’ve been crying. It’s a good cry. I just got to Taos, New Mexico. But for those of you who don’t know, I spent the last 20 years of my life coming to Taos with my dad, my sister, my grandparents lived here, my uncle still lives here. Literally everybody that was here has passed away, except for my uncle, including my dad. I’m going to cry… sorry Instagram,” she said as she began to cry.
“I know it might sound really crazy. There was this time, it’s something we always talked about with my dad and my sister. I was in the backseat asleep and I was like 10 or 12. And we hit something really hard… he had hit a cow. I know it’s very depressing but just the fact that I started crying during my trek through the mountains but all of a sudden these cows appeared out of no where,” she shared.
“We grieve in different ways but I don’t know,” Harris said in the last video.
In her final tweet, Harris wrote: “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.”
Just a week after the fatal crash, Harris has been laid to rest.
“There was an outpouring of support from Texas musicians who attended in person and sent their condolences,” family friend Deborah Mash told E! News, adding that Harris’ stepfather Brent Cowan delivered an emotional eulogy.
Mash later added that Harris’ daughter Corbie sang one of her mother’s songs, “Twenty Years From Now”, alongside Bonnie Bishop.
Many fans of Harris took to social media to share their condolences once news of her passing spread, including fellow country singer Maren Morris.
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I met Kylie Rae Harris when she was a teenager. Through the years we watched her blossom into a woman with intent. A singer and songwriter who could hit you in the heart with her words and delivery. She and I loved a lot of the same artists and had always talked about writing together, but we never did. We ran into each other recently in West at the gas station. Of course she took a Snapchat. She was going to sign a copy of her new record for Mahala as Kylie is one of her favorite artists. She’s going to be devastated. We are all devastated to learn she is gone. You were a beautiful light. We will never forget and we will sing your songs forever.
Harris is survived by her 6-year-old daughter.