Her Sisters Died Just Days Apart

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Growing up with siblings is a truly special experience. As siblings living in the same house, you have experiences and memories together that are unique to your family. It’s a bond that’s hard to replicate.

As adults, many siblings don’t live close together and can grow apart. Some don’t get along. Some make it a point to have family reunions and spend special events like birthdays and holidays together.

Regardless of how close you are to your siblings, when a sibling dies, it’s a loss you feel deeply. A part of your family is gone.

Singer Carly Simon grew up as one of four children in her family. She had a brother, Peter, and two sisters, Joanna and Lucy. Carly’s brother passed away in 2018. He died of cancer. He was 71 years old.

Now, Simon has also lost both of her sisters, who died just one day apart. Joanna, the oldest of the siblings, died of thyroid cancer on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. She was 85 years old. The very next day, Lucy died of metastatic breast cancer. She was 82 years old.

We can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to lose two of your siblings two days in a row. Carly has released a statement expressing her feelings about the loss of her sisters. In this special tribute, she shared, “I am filled with sorrow to speak about the passing of Joanna and Lucy Simon. Their loss will be long and haunting.” She continued, “As sad as this day is, it’s impossible to mourn them without celebrating the incredible lives that they lived.” She explained, “We were three sisters who not only took turns blazing trails and marking courses for one another, we were each other’s secret shares. The co-keepers of each other’s memories.”

While Carly may be the best-known of the singers in her family, Joanna and Lucy were singers as well. Joanna was an opera singer in the 1960s. Later, she became a TV correspondent for PBS’s “MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour.” She won an Emmy in 1991. Meanwhile, Lucy was both a performer and a composer. She received a Tony Award nomination for the score to the musical “The Secret Garden.”

Simon concluded her tribute to her sisters by saying, “I have no words to explain the feeling of suddenly being the only remaining direct offspring of Richard and Andrea Simon.” She added, “They touched everyone they knew and those of us they’ve left behind will be lucky and honored to carry their memories forward.”