Loretta Lynn: First lady of country music passes away

Nashville, Tennessee - Country music icon Loretta Lynn has passed away at the age of 90.

Country music icon Loretta Lynn has passed away at the age of 90.
Country music icon Loretta Lynn has passed away at the age of 90.  © JOE CORRIGAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

On Tuesday, the family of the legendary country music star announced her "peaceful" passing.

"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 shared via her official Twitter page.

"The family has asked for privacy during this time, as they grieve. An announcement regarding a memorial will be forthcoming in a public announcement."

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Lynn, who was born Loretta Webb, had a six-decade career as a country superstar and has been highly regarded among her peers for her groundbreaking work in the industry.

The singer gained recognition after her 1970 breakout hit, Coal Miner's Daughter, which was a tribute to her father.

Following this, Lynn continued to make more hits such as, You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man), Fist City, and One's on the Way.

Before her passing, the I Remember Patsy artist suffered several health setback, including a stroke at her home in May 2017 and a fall in 2018 that injured her hip.

Tributes pour in for a country music icon

Fellow stars and fans have begun paying tribute to the late Loretta Lynn on social media.
Fellow stars and fans have begun paying tribute to the late Loretta Lynn on social media.  © KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Following the news of her passing, fans and friends began paying tribute to the late star.

CMA Country Music's official Twitter account wrote, "We are heartbroken to learn about the passing [email protected], the Coal Miner's Daughter. She inspired generations of female musicians & has forever left a mark on Country Music's history," the post read.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family & loved ones during this difficult time."

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Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter also honored Lynn, writing, "I am glad she was able to share her wisdom and talent with the world for as long as she did. We will miss her. R.I.P. Loretta Lynn."

Lynn is survived by four of the six children she had with her late husband and manager, Doolittle Lynn.

Cover photo: Collage: TERRY WYATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP & JOE CORRIGAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

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