Country music legend and coal miner’s daughter Loretta Lynn passes away aged 90
Loretta Lynn passes away aged 90
Loretta Lyn, who was born into a coal mining family and later became a country music legend, died. A 90-year-old woman
Loretta’s father died from black lung disease when she was 11 years old, and her early life revolved around the coal mine where her father toiled. She became famous for singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” about her father who died from black lung disease.
Her signature 1970 hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter” became the title of her autobiography and was turned into the Oscar-winning 1980 film with Sissy Spacek as the lead.
Carrie earned an M.B.A. before becoming the first woman in history to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award while also holding many other awards including four Grammys, a 2003 Kennedy Center honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Over her six-decade career, she has sold over 45 million albums, according to her personal website.
Lynn’s reputation as a champion of women took a hit after she criticized the celebrities involved with the Women’s March.
Health issues have been dominating the most recent headlines. At the age of 85, she suffered a stroke and then broke her hip while falling eight months later.
The four children Lynn was survived by are Clara, Ernest, and twins Peggy Jean and Patsy Eileen. The eldest son of Lynn, Jack Benny, had drowned in a river in 1984 at the age of 34.