Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn Dead At 90

Country music legend Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90
Country music legend Loretta Lynn (image via official Twitter)

Country music icon Loretta Lynn, who pulled herself out of poverty by singing about strength in the face of cheating husbands, divorce, and a hard scrabble childhood as a ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ died on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. She was 90.

From the New York Times:

Her family said in a statement that she died in her sleep at her ranch, which had turned Hurricane Mills, about 70 miles west of Nashville, into a tourist destination.

Ms. Lynn built her stardom not only on her music, but also on her image as a symbol of rural pride and determination. Her story was carved out of Kentucky coal country, from hardscrabble beginnings in Butcher Hollow (which her songs made famous as Butcher Holler).

She became a wife at 15, a mother at 16 and a grandmother in her early 30s, married to a womanizing sometime bootlegger who managed her to stardom. That story made her autobiography, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” a best seller and the grist for an Oscar-winning movie adaptation of the same name.

Her unmistakable voice – tinged by her Kentucky drawl and depth of power – took her to the heights of country music royalty.

Read more at the New York Times.

 

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Rest in power, Loretta Lynn.