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Back in February 2023, The Chicks – formerly known as The Dixie Chicks – announced a massive world tour. They kicked it off on June 20th in Oslo, Norway and made their way through Europe before touching ground in the United States. Following their United States leg, they are heading down under to Australia and New Zealand.
In late July, The Chicks postponed shows in Nashville, TN, Greensboro, SC, and Knoxville, TN due to illness.
They got back on track in August and finished up their leg in American before heading north to Canada. But sadly, a death in one of The Chicks’ family is forcing them to move another show.
Emily Strayer, one-third of The Chicks, and her family have suffered an unimaginable tragedy. Her ex-husband Charlie Robison, who is the father to her three children, passed away on Sunday (Sep. 10). A spokesperson for his family confirmed that he passed away due to a cardiac arrest and related complications at a San Antonio area hospital.
From 1999 to 2008, he was wed to Emily Strayer of The Chicks. Their love story became the muse behind the band’s beloved track, “Cowboy Take Me Away.” Charlie was also a singer-songwriter, releasing his debut album in 1998.
He is survived by his three children with Strayer, Charles Augustus (born 2002) and twins Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin (born 2005), and a son born in February 2020 with his second wife, Kristen.
Kristen shared her grief on her personal Facebook account, writing, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my husband, Charlie Robison has passed away today, surrounded by his family and friends. My heart is broken. Please pray for me, our children and our family.”
Charlie’s cardiac arrest must have happened a couple days prior, because on September 9th at 4pm CST, The Chicks announced that their Tuesday night (Sept 12) show would be pushed up to Monday (Sep. 11). In hindsight, they probably knew he didn’t have much time and Strayer wanted to be with her children. Sadly, he passed away before she could come home.
The Chicks’ announcement read:
“Due to an urgent family matter, The Chicks show at Canada Life Centre previously scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 has been moved to Monday, September 11.”
Fans who attended their Edmonton show on September 8th commented, saying that the show was incredibly emotional, so they knew something was wrong. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robison’s children, his wife, Strayer, and all who loved him.