June Carter Cash was a successful musician, songwriter, author, and dancer. She was so good at her career that she won five Grammy awards to herself, not counting other awards.
She was married to iconic country music superstar, Johnny Cash. Together, the duo became a formidable force. But unfortunately, some time ago, June Carter died following some complications that arose from health-related issues. Let’s find out when she died, why she died and other facts in between.
Brief Biography of June Carter Cash
The late singer, June Carter Cash was born as Valerie June Carter, in Maces Springs, Virginia, United States. She was born on June 23rd, 1929 to the family of Ezra and Maybelle Carter. Her family could be regarded as a ‘first-class country music family’. As early as ten, she has begun singing. Together with her sisters – Helen and Anita, she went about performing and were known as the ‘Carter Sisters’. Subsequently, her mother Maybelle joined them and together they were known as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.
Eventually, the group metamorphosed into ‘The Carter Family’, with their father – Ezra, being the manager of the group, and her aunt – Aunt Sarah, joining the group once in a while.
Her Career Exploits
As mentioned earlier, June Carter is an acclaimed Singer, author, and actress. The five-time Grammy award winner, clinched the first win in 1968, with a duet she did with Johnny titled Jackson. In 1971, they got the second Grammy for their 1970 duet, If I Were A Carpenter. In 2000, she earned her fourth Grammy award for an album she released in 1999 titled Press On.
June won two posthumous Grammy awards in 2004. Her last album – Wildflower, was released after her death in 2003. The album was too good that it earned her two awards in 2004.
She also wrote some books. She wrote two volumes of her life story – Among My Klediments (1979) and From the Heart (1987).
She also had some stint in acting. She was starred as Mary Magdalene in the gospel film her husband financed – Gospel Road (1972). She was also featured in The Apostle (1998). Her TV series includes Medicine Woman (1993-97).
June Carter Cash’s Personal Life
June Carter Cash wedded three times before she died and from each union, she had a child. In 1952, she tied the knot with Carl Smith, a fellow country singer. The two met when June and her sisters did a background vocal to one of his songs. The marriage produced one daughter – Rebecca Carlene Smith, popularly known as Carlene Carter. Their marriage lasted only for five years before it fell apart.
After her divorce, June Carter became the wife of Edwin Nix in 1957. Ed was a Nashville policeman and their marriage produced one child as well, a daughter – Rosanna, otherwise known as Rosie. In 1966, she belatedly received divorce papers from Ed.
Same 1966, she met Johnny Cash.
Johnny was an addict when she met him and she was instrumental to the drug-free life her third husband Johnny Cash embraced. It was believed that it was what saved his life. The two got married in 1968, and they had their son – John Carter Cash in 1970.
Johnny had two daughters from his previous marriage – Kathy and Tara. June was a doting and devoted stepmother to Cash’s children. Her husband barely lasted up to six months after her death as he passed on, in September 2003.
When Did June Carter Cash Die?
June Carter died at the age of seventy-three surrounded by loved ones, on the 15th day of May 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. Her death resulted from complications that arose from heart surgery. Unfortunately, on 12th September 12th of the same year, her husband – Johnny followed suit. Two years later, in 2005, their journey of love made it to the screen in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005). The movie was a hit and easily won an Oscar Award. It starred Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash.
Other Trivial Facts About June Carter
1. John Carter Cash Jr, the only son of June took after his parents in music and his mother in writing. He has had some albums and books to his credit.
2. Her daughter from her relationship with Edwin Nix – Rosanne, was found dead in October 2003, shortly after her husband’s death. She was discovered in a parked bus with someone suspected to be her boyfriend. Also found on them were some drugs and needles.
3. Historians say that June Carter was a distant cousin to the 39th president of United States, President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981).