Loretta Lynn, a pioneering country music star and coal miner’s daughter, has died, according to new sources.
At the time of her death, the country singer was 90 years old. Loretta Lynn’s family issued a statement announcing her death.
“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the family stated in their statement before requesting privacy as they continue to grieve.
Loretta Lynn, dubbed “the Queen of Country Music,” was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, the second of eight children. She is well known for her song Coal Miner’s Daughter, which was released in 1970.
“In every song I’ve written, I write about my life,” Lynn told Jenna Bush Hager in 2018. Coal Miner’s Daughter was written as a tribute to her father, Melvin Webb, who died of black lung disease in the 1950s.
“I would have given anything if (my father) had been here when I recorded ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ but I think he hears me,” Lynn told Hager. “And I’ll sing it for him one day.”
Lynn’s career progressed, and she became the first woman in history to be named Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year in 1972, as well as “four Grammys, a 2003 Kennedy Center award, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom a decade later.”
Our hearts go out to Loretta Lynn’s family as they continue to grieve the death of their loving mother.