Shocking News Loretta Lynn Music Legend Dies at 90
Music Legend Loretta Lynn Dies at 90
Music Legend Loretta Lynn Dies at 90
Rest in peace, one of the greatest voices in country music. Loretta Lynn, the performer of such hits as “The Miner’s Daughter”, “You’re Not Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and many others, has died at the age of 90.
The heart of the country music world is broken by the death of Loretta Lynn. The legendary singer, who turned 90 in April, passed away on October 4 after a long battle with multiple health issues, including a debilitating stroke in 2017 and a broken hip in 2018, ending her touring career. The news of the death of the singer of the hit “Miner’s Daughters” came from a statement by her representative to TMZ.
A representative for Loretta confirmed that the 90-year-old woman was at home in Tennessee when she died of natural causes. When she died, she was surrounded by family members. Loretta had been married to Oliver Lynn for nearly 50 years when he died in 1996. They had six children, but at the time of Loretta’s death, only four were alive.
Three years before her death , Radar Online reported that Loretta’s health was failing, and in 2019 the country music icon spent her last days in a nursing home. She reportedly needed a walker or a wheelchair to get around, and she developed vision problems. Many of her celebrity friends were notified of her worsening condition and reportedly set out on the road to pay their respects and say goodbye.
The singer hasn’t been on a major tour since breaking her hip in 2017. Despite reports of health issues, Loretta still released another studio album, her 50th, in March 2021. The record, titled Still Woman Enough, featured collaborations with many international greats such as Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntyre, Tanya Tucker andMargot Price .
The beginning of a career and family life of a country singer
Loretta Lynn (née Webb) was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky on April 14, 1932. Loretta, the second of eight children, developed a passion for singing, performing at church as a child. She grew up in a musical family, as three of her siblings— Crystal Gale , Peggy Sue Wright , and Willie “J” Lee Webb —also found success in country music. After marrying Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn in 1948, she moved to Washington state while pregnant with the first of their six children.
While he worked at the logging camps, she took care of their four children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Ernest Ray, 67, and Clara Marie, 69 (twins Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen, 57 years old, born in 1964). With the support of her husband, Loretta continued to sing, performing at local venues. She recorded her first single “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” in the early 1960s, launching a career that spanned over five decades.
Loretta Lynn was happily married to Oliver Lynn until his death.
She topped the charts with “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ On Your Mind)”, according to Biography.com, followed by the song that would become her trademark: “Cal Miner’s Daughter”. As a successful solo artist, Loretta will also be remembered for her work with the late Conway Twitty . She won her first Grammy in 1972 for the duet After the Fire Is Gone, and they teamed up for songs like “Lead Me On”, “As soon as I hang up” and “I Can’t Love. You’ve had enough.”
Loretta has written over 160 songs, released over 70 albums and sold over 45 million records worldwide. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
She remained married to Oliver until his death in 1996. Her son Jack Benny died at the age of 34 in 1984 while trying to ford a river near the family ranch in Tennessee. Her daughter Betty Sue died of emphysema in 2013 at the age of 64. Loretta is survived by siblings, children, and numerous grandchildren.
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