The country music community mourns the loss of icon Loretta Lynn, the daughter of a coal miner who became an influential pioneer in the genre with her progressive songs and fearless advocacy for women.
The timeless singer-songwriter died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning, October 4 at the age of 90. According to a statement released by the family of the Country Music Hall of Famer, she died at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home on her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” Lynn’s children shared.
Lynn was known for pushing the boundaries of mainstream music by evoking difficult dialogue or singing about topics often considered “taboo” at the time. For example – cheating, love, divorce and the use of birth control. Songs like “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” had a significant impact on the country’s landscape and broke down barriers for women across the country.
Her influence did not go unnoticed, as Lynn joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and won four GRAMMY Awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards. The resilient singer even became the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards and ACM Awards. The “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
In 2021, the icon released “Still Woman Enough” to honor women in country music today. The tribute collection served as his 50th studio album and features songwriting credits from his daughter Patsy Lynn Russell. The emotion-focused collection includes collaborations with other country pioneers – Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price and Carrie Underwood.
To celebrate her 60-year flourishing career and good life, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Loretta Lynn Foundation. Information regarding his memorial service has yet to be announced.
Lynn was a staple in the country community, and now dedicated artists and fans honor the late legend.
Grand Ole Opry: “60 years of Opry membership, countless memories, songs and stories. Our Opry family turns to music when words fail. Thank you for all you have given to the Opry, @LorettaLynn. We love you.”
Dolly Parton: “So sorry to hear about my sister, my friend Loretta. We’ve been like sisters all the years we’ve been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I’m one of them. I miss her dearly, as we all will. May she rest in peace.”
Carrie Underwood: “The first time I met Loretta Lynn was at the Grand Ole Opry early in my career. I was chatting in the corner with another artist and someone walked up behind me and punched me in the face. back! I turned around and there she was…in a big, sparkly dress.”
Mickey Guyton: “Rest in power, sweet angel.”
Carly Pearce: “She showed us all how to speak the truth without shame. One of the greatest there will ever be. I’ll be singing “Dear Miss Loretta” with a little extra love tonight at @opry. Now she really is a Honky Angel #RIP.
Miranda Lambert: “I am heartbroken to learn of Loretta’s passing. She was so kind to me and opened up so many avenues for all of us country music girls. Thank you for all the songs. I miss you. Soar high.”
Cody Alan: “Legend” or “Icon” seem to be too small words to describe it! She was both and more. Her voice and her unabashed truth in song and life made her a hero to so many. RIP Loretta Lyn – photos are from our last CMT interview in April 2019.”
LeAnn Rimes: “Loretta Lynn paved the way for so many of us women in country music. What a legacy she leaves behind.
Blake Shelton: “Terrible news regarding the passing of Loretta Lynn…Prayers for her family.”
Chely Wright: Dear Loretta, I woke up this morning at 4 a.m. thinking about you. I grabbed my phone and pulled out pictures of us together over the years. I felt a warmth come over me and a sense of peace. Thank you for your songs, for your mentorship, for your friendship and for your love.
Carole King: “She was an inspiration. RIP Loretta Lynn.
Matraca Berg: “Goodbye Beautiful Loretta”
Lynda Carter: “I’m glad she was able to share her wisdom and talent with the world for as long as she did. She will be missed. RIP Loretta Lynn.
Andrew Kirel: “Loretta Lynn wasn’t just the ‘Queen of Country Music’, she was among, if not *all* of the greatest songwriters. She was the best at just being herself. And no one will ever do it better .
Tenilled Arts: “None of us women in country music could be where she is without her and the paths blazed by Loretta Lynn. Sending all my love to his family, friends and the whole country music family.
Darius Rucker: “She was an iconic legend and did things the way she wanted. I’m so blessed to call her friend. I already miss you Loretta. I love you. And rest now, angel.”
The Oak Ridge Boys: “Very sad news this morning…Loretta Lynn has returned home…Britain has lost its queen…now we have lost ours…Rest easy madam. You were loved by all…”
Roy Orbison: “The great Loretta Lynn passed away today. Our thoughts are with her and her family. The country music legend was born on April 14, 1932. She was 90. Here is a photo of Roy Orbison and Loretta Lynn.
Parker McCollum: “Not listening to anything but Loretta Lynn for the rest of the week. RIP to an absolute country music icon. Shit.”
Randy Houser: “Man, I would love to visit heaven tonight and watch this reunion. Rest well @Lorettalynnofficial. You’ve done so much for women and country music. You’ll live forever in our hearts. #ConwayTwitty.”
Kacey Musgraves: “Lorette 💔”
Stella Parton: “My heart is broken by the news of the passing of my sweet friend Loretta Lynn. I will remember all the sweet visits and laughter we shared. RIP sweet Angel.”