Country music legend Loretta Lynn has died

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Country music superstar and Eastern Kentucky native Loretta Lynn has died.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home on her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” her family announced on Lynn’s Twitter account Tuesday morning. The family asked for privacy while they mourn and said an announcement about a memorial would be made later.

Lynn grew up as one of eight children in Butcher Hollow in Van Lear. After marrying Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn in 1948, she learned to play guitar in the 1950s, then began playing and released her first record, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl”, in 1960.

From there, she went on to become the most awarded musician in country music history, the only woman to win ACM Artist of the Decade in the 1970s and won three Grammys out of 18 nominations. She has released 24 number one singles and 11 number one albums in her career.

Her already successful music career was cemented as legendary with the 1976 release of her biography, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, named after the song and 1971 album of the same name. The book became a movie in 1980, earning seven Academy Award nominations and a Best Actress Oscar for Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Lynn in the film.

Loretta Lynn was 90 years old.

Toya J. Bell