Country Music Legend Passes Away at 90
(RepublicanPress.org) – Loretta Lynn may have been born a poor “coal miner’s daughter in a cabin” in Appalachia’s “Butcher Holler,” but she grew up to become a true American country music legend. Sadly, the 90-year-old singer and songwriter recently passed away at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, home.
On October 4, Lynn’s family issued a statement and obituary detailing the singing legend’s legacy. The notice confirmed the “Country superstar… passed peacefully in her sleep” earlier that morning.
A statement from the family of Loretta Lynn.
"Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.” The family of Loretta Lynn.
— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) October 4, 2022
Lynn’s obituary featured a photograph of her sitting barefooted behind a desk, strumming a guitar and grinning from ear to ear. It discussed Sissy Spacek’s Oscar-winning depiction of the country singer in the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” noting it brought Lynn’s story and music to a wider audience, “amplifying her impact on… generations of songwriters.”
When discussing her music career, the memorial notice stated Lynn “amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits” and received “every accolade possible” to musicians ranging from her multiple GRAMMY awards to her 1988 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Likewise, the Kennedy Center honored Lynn in 2003, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted her in 2008. More recently, former President Barack Obama awarded the country legend the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
The world lost a legend. We lost a sister.
Love you Loretta❤️🌺. @LorettaLynn pic.twitter.com/bQUEb87U4U
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) October 4, 2022
Fans and fellow musicians paid tribute to Lynn in the wake of the family’s announcement. Crystal Gayle called her a “legend” and a “sister” in a Twitter post. Likewise, Dolly Parton called her a “wonderful human being.” Wynona Judd, George Strait, K.D. Lang, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw also wrote heartfelt tributes to Lynn on social media, along with numerous other celebrities.
Lynn was predeceased by her husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, son Jack Lynn, daughter Betty Lynn, and grandson, Jeff Lynn. She is survived by three daughters, a son, 25 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
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