Marty Stuart said goodbye to a close member of his family this week. The country and bluegrass legend announced the death of his sister, Jennifer, on Sunday, Sept. 17. He revealed that she passed away hours earlier on Sunday morning.
Stuart took to social media to share what looks to be a recent photo of himself and his sister posing in front of a Western landscape with red rocks, green grass and flowers around them. He paired that photo with a throwback snapshot of himself and his sister smiling for the camera when they were young children. The singer added a touching tribute to Jennifer in the caption.
"It is with great sadness to say that my sister Jennifer passed away this morning," Stuart wrote alongside the photos. "'Sis' had so many friends who loved her from all over the country. She never met a stranger. Our family welcomes your love and prayers at this time. In honor of Jennifer, do something nice for someone today."
Stuart's announcement was met with love and support from the country music community, as several stars sent their condolences in the comments. Lyle Lovett wrote, "I'm sorry you lost her, Marty. I pray for your comfort. Brothers Osborne commented, "So sorry to hear that, Marty. Sending y'all all the love." Chris Stapleton's wife Morgane was also among those who commented on the post, writing, "Sending you all our love."
Stuart is an acclaimed and beloved member of the country music family. He began working his way up in the bluegrass and country industry at age 12, and he released his self-titled debut album in 1985. He has since become an influential artist in both country and bluegrass music, and he was honored by becoming a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020.
Stuart and Jennifer were born in Philadelphia, Miss. to parents John and Hilda Stuart.