Holly Dunn, the bright-voiced singer and songwriter behind “Daddy’s Hands,” died on Tuesday following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 59.
Dunn passed away at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, surrounded by family and close friends, a family friend told WSMV — the outlet that first reported the news.
Numerous country music stars have reacted to the news on social media, including Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Teri Clark, Chely Wright and more.
“I’m very saddened to hear of the passing of my formal WB label mate Holly Dunn. Gone way too soon. RIP,” Tritt wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Clark tweeted: “So sad to hear of yet another one of our artists gone too soon. Cancer sucks.”
Dunn revealed her cancer diagnosis in a June interview with Hallels, telling the Christian music outlet that she had a “rare, very aggressive form of ovarian cancer.”
“I have a huge faith in the healing power of God and the healing power within me that originates from my God,” Dunn said then. “I look towards a future when I am completely healed and cancer free.”
So sad to hear about Holly Dunn passing. She was a big inspiration to me. By singing along with her cassette tape I learned to sing. Daddy's Hands was the very first song I ever learned and sang in public. I was 9 years old. The 3rd grade talent show and my dad played guitar for me. She will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace Holly.
Dunn burst onto the country music scene in the ’80s with hits like “Daddy’s Hands,” “Love Someone Like Me” and “You Really Had Me Going.”
She retired from music in 2003 to pursue a career in painting.