Country Legend Loretta Lynn Dead at 90

October 05, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

Country music legend Loretta Lynn died on Tuesday at the age of 90. The cause of death has not yet been made public, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Also known as the “Queen of the Sexual Revolution”, Lynn had many hit songs such as "You Ain't Woman Enough", "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'", "One's on the Way", "Fist City", and "Coal Miner's Daughter" which was later made into an autobiography and film that tells the story of her life.

"Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills," Lynn's family said in a statement to EW. The family has asked for privacy at this time and said that a memorial would be announced at a later date.

The star was born in the remote Appalachian town of Butcher Hollow, Van Lear, KY in 1932, and was the second born of eight children. EW reported that Lynn didn’t participate in the music scene in her childhood, however, she was handed her first guitar by her husband Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn after becoming a mother of four children before the age of 21.

"Whatever I did that day, whatever [was] on my mind, I'd write it in a song," Loretta said in an interview with EW. The first song she ever wrote, which was rerecorded for her “Full Circle” LP, was "Whispering Sea."

"I wrote that sitting in a tree branch hanging over the ocean, fishing," she said in the interview. "When I got home I wrote it down on a piece of paper and that was it. It was just as simple as anything."

Doolittle encouraged Lynn to continue with a singing career, releasing "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," in 1960 which became her first country hit. She became a staple at the Grand Ole Opry, and released more than 50 records over the 30 years she was signed under Decca Records. Lynn became the first woman to win the Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Association in 1972 and released the bestselling autobiography “Coal Miner's Daughter” in 1976.

By 1988, Lynn was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was given the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1995. She attended to her husband for the majority of the 90s, who sadly passed away in 1996. Lynn returned to the industry with solo music in the 2000s, and released “Still Country.” The set only contained two songs, one of which being "I Can't Hear the Music," a tribute to her late husband. 

Lynn suffered a stroke in May 2017 and continued to tour while recovering. Her 50th studio album was released in 2021. The album titled “Still Woman Enough” focused on celebrating women’s contributions to country music.