Singer-songwriter Carly Simon‘s sisters lost their cancer battles just one day apart. 85-year-old Joanna Simon passed away on Wednesday, while 82-year-old Lucy Simon died on Thursday. Carly isn’t the only musician in the family. Lucy was a Broadway composer while Joanna was an opera singer.
Sadly, Joanna passed away from thyroid cancer while Lucy died from metastatic breast cancer. Carly, 77, shared a statement about her sisters’ deaths. She wrote, “I am filled with sorrow to speak about the passing of Joanna and Lucy Simon. Their loss will be long and haunting. As sad as this day is, it’s impossible to mourn them without celebrating their incredible lives that they lived.”
Carly Simon’s sisters died one day apart from cancer
She continued, “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. I have no words to explain the feeling of suddenly being the only remaining direct offspring of Richard and Andrea Simon. They touched everyone they knew and those of us they’ve left behind will be lucky and honored to carry their memories forward. With great and eternal love and respect.”
The sisters often found a way to work together over the years. While Carly is mostly known for her solo career, she did perform as the Simon Sisters with Lucy for a while. Joanna sang backup on both of her sisters’ albums, Carly’s No Secrets and Lucy’s Lucy Simon.
The sisters also had a younger brother named Peter, who also died of cancer at age 71. May they all rest in peace.