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Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Dead At 30 After Three-Car Crash In New Mexico

An unidentified 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of one of the other vehicles and also died, authorities say.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris has died following a car crash in New Mexico this week.

The 30-year-old performer was involved in a three-vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday evening, Billboard reports.

Another driver, an unidentified 16-year-old girl, also died as the result of the crash, while a third driver walked away uninjured, according to the Associated Press. The Taos County Sheriff's Office suspect that alcohol was involved in some way.

Harris’ publicist confirmed the singer’s death in a statement obtained by Billboard.

“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night. We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time,” that statement reads. “Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”

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Harris, a Texas native, had traveled to New Mexico to perform at Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival, according to CNN.

In a tweet published Wednesday afternoon, she suggested that she was low on gas, writing, “Fuel range is 46 miles and I’m 36 from the nearest gas station. Dear baby Jesus please don’t let me get stranded in NM.”

Harris is survived by her 6-year-old daughter, Corbie, for whom she wrote the heartfelt song “Twenty Years From Now,” a track released earlier this year as part of her self-titled EP.

She was inspired to write the song after her own father died following a battle with cancer, she told Billboard in March.

“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she said. “I want to meet my kid’s kids. Getting to the age your parents were when you were a child brings a whole lot of perspective.”