The daughter of a coal miner from Kentucky named Loretta Lynn, whose candid songs about love and life as a woman in Appalachia lifted her out of poverty and made her a major figure in country music, has passed away. 90 years old.
The family of Lynn announced in a statement shared on Twitter that she passed away "peacefully" at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, in the United States.
Lynn never appeared to stop writing, and in 2014 she signed a multi-album deal with Legacy Records, a branch of Sony Music Entertainment. She had a stroke in 2017, which required her to cancel her appearances.
The family released a statement saying, "Our lovely mother, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4, in her sleep at home in her cherished ranch in Hurricane Mills.
They requested privacy while they mourned and indicated that a memorial service will be held at a later time.
Before beginning her career in the early 1960s, Lynn had four children, and her songs showcased her pride in her rural Kentucky upbringing.
In contrast to the stereotype of most female country singers, as a songwriter, she created a persona of a stubbornly strong woman. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote with little fear about sex and love, adultery, divorce, and birth control, and occasionally got into controversy with radio programmers for themes from which even rock musicians once shied away.
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 are some of her best songs from the 1960s and 1970s. She was renowned for wearing floor-length, broad dresses with intricate embroidery or rhinestones, many of which were designed by Tim Cobb, her longtime personal assistant.
In 2016, Lynn told the AP, "It was what I wanted to hear and what I knew other women wanted to hear, too." "I wrote for us women; I didn't write for the males. Additionally, the men adored it.
Before he passed away in 1996, she and her husband had been married for over 50 years. Betty, Jack, Ernest, Clara, and then twins made their total number of children six.