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Country Music Icon Loretta Lynn: Dead At 90

Country music legend, Loretta Lynn passed away at the age of 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Her family released a statement, which read:

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.”


A deeply religious woman, Loretta’s last post on social media was a Bible verse:

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

JOHN 3:20-21

Loretta Lynn was the first woman ever named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music in 1975.

The coal miner’s daughter from Kentucky became an iconic figure in country music based on her progressive lyrics about life, love and growing up in rural Appalachia and was known for appearing in floor-length, wide gowns with elaborate embroidery or rhinestones, many of which were created by her longtime personal assistant and designer Tim Cobb.

Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and ’70s, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country.”

From the title of her 1976 book, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was made into a 1980 movie starring Sissy Spacek’s who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the musician, and the film was also nominated for best picture.

Lynn and husband “Doo” or “Doolittle, were married nearly 50 years before he died in 1996. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest and Clara, and then twins Patsy and Peggy and she had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Out of respect, Ms Lynn’s family has asked for privacy during this time, as they grieve and an formal announcement regarding a memorial will be released later in a public announcement.

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Author: Saul Goode

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