Loretta Lynn, coal miner’s daughter who transformed country music, dies at 90.
Loretta Lynn, the firebrand singer and songwriter who transformed coal into diamonds by exploring her dirt-poor childhood in eastern Appalachia in her career-defining 1970 hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” died on Tuesday. She was 90.
In a statement, her family said that she died from natural causes at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Lynn was arguably the single most important female figure in postwar country music. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” lent its title to her bestselling 1976 autobiography and the subsequent hit feature film for which Sissy Spacek won the lead actress Academy Award in 1980 for her gritty portrayal of Lynn as a woman who charmingly but forcefully countered centuries of patriarchal attitudes through her music.
Loretta Lynn, the trailblazing country star whose song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” became not just a hit song but an award-winning movie has died.
Loretta’s rep tells TMZ … the famed singer passed away at her Tennessee ranch Tuesday morning … the rep says Loretta died from natural causes. She was surrounded by family when she died.
Loretta suffered a stroke in 2017 and broke her hip a year later. The stroke caused Loretta to stop touring after 57 years.
Loretta is a true legend … nominated 18 times for a Grammy, and won 3. She’s amassed an incredible 21 number 1 singles and 11 number one albums.
How did Loretta Lynn die
Among her hits over her 6-decade career … “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’,” “One’s on the Way,” and “Fist City.”
Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia, has died aged 90.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died on Tuesday (4 October) at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Her cause of death has not been disclosed.
Lynn launched her career in the early Sixties, when she already had four children.
Her songs, which painted a portrait of the musician as a tough, defiant woman, were in stark contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers at the time. She wrote unapologetically about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control.
Lynn’s biggest hits came in the 1960s and 1970s, including “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”.