The legendary country music veteran and Christian Bonnie Brown is in critical care. Her family is asking for prayers for the country singer as she battles for her life in a critical care unit.
A post on Jim Ed Brown's official Facebook page on Saturday (July 2) reads, "The Brown Family is reaching out to ask you all to pray for Bonnie. Bonnie is the younger sister of Jim Ed and she is in critical care battling lung cancer. She experienced complications from a blood clot and we hope you will all lift her up in prayer. Thank you in advance."
Bonnie Brown was born in Sparkman, Arkansas into a musical family. In 1955, at age 18, she joined her older sister Maxine Brown and brother Jim Ed Brown to form the musical trio, The Browns. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit when their folk-pop single "The Three Bells" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop and country charts. They joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee in 1965 and disbanded in 1967
Some of their hit singles included "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow," "I Take the Chance," "Just as Long as You Love Me," "Money," "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing," "Would You Care" and "Beyond the Shadow," as well as their biggest hit, 1959′s "The Three Bells," which reached No. 1 in both country and pop.
The 78-year-old was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of the trio in October of 2015, shortly after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in September. In a bitter coincidence for her family, that diagnosis came just three short months after Jim Ed Brown passed away from a different form of lung cancer.
"Two (diagnoses of lung cancer) in one family in one year is hard to take. ... It's really such a shock to me," Brown said in revealing her illness (quote via the Tennessean).