“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 said in their statement before asking the public for privacy as they continue to grieve.
Known as being the Queen of country music, NBC News reports that Loretta was born the second of 8 children in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She became best known for her song, Coal Miner’s Daughter, which hit the scene back in 1970.
“I write about my life — in every song I’ve written,” Lynn once told Jenna Bush Hager in 2018. Coal Miner’s Daughter, as NBC reports, was an ode to her father, Melvin Webb, after he died of black lung disease back in the 1950s.
“I would have given anything in the world if (my father) would have been here when I recorded ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ but I think he hears me,” Lynn continued to tell Hager. “And one day I will sing it for him.”
As Lynn’s career continued, she became the first woman in history to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1972, and also “four Grammys, a 2003 Kennedy Center honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom a decade later.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Loretta Lynn’s family as they continue to mourn the loss of their beloved mother.