COUNTRY music legend Loretta Lynn is famous for her iconic hits about her incredible life experiences – like marrying a smuggler at only 15 and letting him make her rise to stardom.
The country music queen died Tuesday at the age of 90, her family said.
“Our precious mother, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills this morning, October 4,” her family told The Associated Press.
They continued to ask for privacy while they mourn and also said a memorial would be announced later.
The country music star had four children before launching her career in the early 1960s with songs that reflect her pride at growing up in rural Kentucky.
Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 and became a wife at age 15, a mother at 16 and a grandmother in her early 30s.
Her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn Jr., died on August 22, 1996, five days before his 70th birthday.
His death was said to be due to complications related to diabetes and a heart condition.
She and Oliver were married for nearly 50 years and had six children together, including two who predeceased her.
Her story of where she came from and how her effeminate husband, who was reportedly a moonshiner at one time, made her famous and helped her autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter, become a bestseller.
Lynn’s children, Betty, Cissie, Ernest, Peggy, and Patsy, followed in their mother’s footsteps in country music as singers and songwriters, while their son, Jack, pursued a modest life on a ranch.
Jack died in 1984 while attempting to cross a river on horseback. He fell and drowned.
Her daughter Betty died in 2013 as a result of pulmonary emphysema.
With four of her children born before her fame, she said she worries about her youngest children, twins Peggy and Patsy.
“I’m not worried about the older kids,” Lynn told the Washington Post in 1980. “You remember what it was like when we were poor.”
“But the twins always had everything they wanted,” she added of the girls, who were 15 at the time.
Loretta’s extraordinary novel about her life became an Oscar-winning film of the same name.
Actress Sissy Spacek played Lynn in the film and won an Oscar for her performance.
Some of Loretta’s biggest hits came in the 1960s and 1970s, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, You Ain’t Woman Enough, and The Pill.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/6364379/inside-loretta-lynns-life-bootlegger-oscar-winning-movie-stardom/ Insights into Loretta Lynn’s incredible life, from marrying a smuggler at 15 to making the Oscar-winning film about her rise to stardom