Pioneering country singer Loretta Lynn, best known for her hits “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Aint Woman Enough,” has died at the age of 90.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Lynn’s family said the legendary singer died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
“Our beloved mother, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills this morning, October 4,” the singer’s family said in a statement.
Lynn shared a heartbreaking quote from the Bible on Facebook about how she “came into the light” just two days before her death.
She wrote: “Anyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
“But he who lives the truth comes to light to show that what he has done was done before God.”
The singer regularly shared updates of her life on Facebook, including pictures from her ranch and throwback pictures and performances from her acclaimed career.
Born in rural Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Lynn’s legendary career spanned more than six decades after she burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s.
Lynn, who was a mother of four children early in her career, created a persona of a defiantly tough woman.
Their material on sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control would often rub radio programmers the wrong way.
Lynn’s biggest hits came in the ’60s and ’70s, including Coal Miner’s Daughter, You Ain’t Woman Enough, The Pill, Rated X, Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Loving’ on Your Mind) and You’re Schaub look at the country.
Coal Miner’s Daughter is considered one of the most important recordings of music and was filmed in the 1980s, based on the life of the singer.
She was the first woman ever to be named Entertainer of the Year at both of the genre’s major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music in 1975.
Lynn’s legendary career has spanned 16 No.1 country singles, 11 No.1 albums, seven American Music Awards and 18 Grammy nominations, including three wins.
Lynn had a late career boost in 2004 at the age of 70 and even released her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough, in March 2021.
However, after a series of health problems, including a stroke in 2017, the Whispering Sea singer decided to give up her stage performances.
Lynn is survived by her four children: Ernest, Clara, twins Patsy and Peggy, and her 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Their other two children, Jack and Betty, died in 1984 and 2013, respectively.
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