• Bobbie Nelson has died at age 91
  • She was a musician and author
  • Willie Nelson is mourning his sister

The Nelson family has announced the passing of Bobbie Nelson. She died "peacefully and surrounded by family" at the age of 91 on Thursday morning.

Bobbie was the sister of music legend Willie Nelson. A pianist, she was a music talent in her own right and was a long-time member of her brother's band.

Willie Nelson announces death of his sister Bobbie Nelson

On Instagram, Willie Nelson, 88, shared the sad news with a message from his family. "Bobbie Nelson, Beloved Pianist, Musician, and Author, Passes Away," the post begins.

"Her elegance, grace, beauty and talent made this world a better place. She was the first member of Willie's band, as his pianist and singer.

"Our hearts are broken and she will be deeply missed. But we are so lucky to have had her in our lives," the Nelsons wrote.

The tribute came with a nice photo of Willie and Bobbie together. They were both born in Abbott, Texas, in the 1930s, Bobbie two years before her younger brother Willie.

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To conclude their announcement, the Nelsons asked: "Please keep her family in your thoughts and give them the privacy they need at this time."