Loretta Lynn passes away

By Julia Weber, Features Editor

[Photo courtesy of lorettalynn.com]

Loretta Lynn passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at her home. She was 90 years old.

Lynn’s family released a short statement on social media this morning. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.” According to an Instagram post made on Lynn’s account, the family is requesting privacy at this time. More information regarding a memorial is forthcoming.

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The late singer-songwriter was widely renowned for her contributions to American music and has been deemed the “Queen of Country Music.” Lynn produced a number of hits including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” Lynn also released a number of songs that were widely controversial for their political statements. Lynn’s song “The Pill” was banned by radio stations across the country for its discussion of birth control, as is discussed in Lynn’s 2021 interview with Outsider.

Throughout her career, Lynn performed at many notable venues including the historic Grand Ole Opry, where she made her debut as an artist and continued to play throughout her life as a member of the Opry. She performed at southeast Ohio’s Nelsonville Music Festival in 2010 as a headlining artist.

In the wake of the announcement of Lynn’s passing, many artists have released touching tributes to her. In a statement, Dolly Parton recalled Loretta Lynn as being a sister and a friend. “I miss her dearly as we all will,” the statement says. Reba McEntire said in a Facebook post, “I always did and I always will love Loretta. She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers.”

Similarly, Drive-By Truckers wrote in a tweet, “Her singing was as soulful as anyone ever. RIP.” Margo Price wrote, “It’s safe to say I wouldn’t even be making country music today if it weren’t for Loretta Lynn. She showed me up what it looked like to be a musician and a mama. Her writing was as real as the day is long. This one hurts on another level. I’ll miss her forever.”

You can listen to Loretta Lynn’s music here.

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