‘Queen of Country’ Loretta Lynn Dies Aged 90

5 October 2022 | 9:33 am | Mallory Arbour

Loretta Lynn passed away peacefully in her sleep.

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Loretta Lynn, the real-life coal miner’s daughter turned singer-songwriter whose authenticity, toughness and larger-than-life story inspired generations of female musicians and turned the turmoil, troubles, and universal themes of everyday life to an art form, passed away at age 90.

A statement from Lynn’s family on social media reads: "Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.”

The family has also asked for privacy during this time, as they grieve. An announcement regarding a memorial will also be forthcoming in a public announcement.

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Throughout her remarkable career, Lynn received eight CMA Awards in addition to being honoured with CMA’s ‘Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award’. Lynn became the first woman to receive the CMA Award for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ in 1972. She was the first recipient of the CMA Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in 1967 and went on to win that award twice more (1972, 1973). She and frequent duet partner Conway Twitty won the CMA Award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ for four consecutive years from 1972 to 1975.  Lynn was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

“It is not enough to say today that Country Music has lost Loretta Lynn, but rather the world has lost a true music legend. Loretta was a woman whose contributions and impact inspired countless artists and transformed the Country genre into a universal art form,” says Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO. “She was a Country Music Hall of Fame member and the first woman to receive a CMA Award for 'Entertainer of the Year'. As a trailblazing songwriter, she bravely wrote about socially and culturally relevant topics that came to define a generation. I'll personally remember Loretta for her spirit, artistry and genius that rivalled contemporaries like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney.”

Fellow country music artists honoured the legendary artist on social media.

Vale Loretta. always and forever woman enough. 🇺🇸❤️⭐️

Posted by Melody Moko on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Devastated 😢😢😢 RIP Loretta, the Queen of Country Music ♥️♥️♥️

Posted by Kirsty Lee Akers on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Very sad the hear the passing of the great Loretta Lynn. One incredible artist who’s music will live on forever. Sending all my love to all Loretta’s family and loved ones ♥️🙏🎶

Posted by Jason Owen on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

She was an iconic legend and did things the way she wanted. I am so blessed to call her a friend. I miss you already Loretta. Love you. And rest now you angel.

Posted by Darius Rucker on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

I’m so heartbroken to hear about Loretta’s passing. She was so kind to me and she blazed so many trails for all of us girls in country music. Thanks you for all the songs . Miss you. Fly high. 🦋💙

Posted by Miranda Lambert on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Loretta Lynn The poet that could contextualize her life has yet to be born. I’ll cherish the memories of the times I was in her presence. Rest In peace, darling.

Posted by Trace Adkins on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Not sure I can say all I need to say on this one..but, Miss Loretta, you were my queen. I'll love you forever. Damn. 💔💔

Posted by Sunny Sweeney on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

There will never be another. Rest In Peace Loretta Lynn Forever our Blue Kentucky girl. 🌹🙏🏼 #countrymusiclegend

Posted by Cory Marks on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Man, I’d sure love to visit Heaven tonight and watch this reunion. Rest well @lorettalynnofficial. You did so much for Women and Country music. You will live forever in our hearts. #ConwayTwitty

Posted by Randy Houser on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

It’s so hard to feel like you have the right words. I can hear Loretta saying “just take your time honey”. We all loved...

Posted by Martina McBride on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

I’m so heartbroken to hear of Loretta’s passing. She’s been a part of my country music life since I was born. My mother...

Posted by Tracy Lawrence on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The first time I met Loretta Lynn was at the Grand Ole Opry at the beginning of my career. I was chatting in the corner...

Posted by Carrie Underwood on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Loretta Lynn was and always will be a national treasure. She not only “pushed the envelope” as the old saying goes…this...

Posted by Faith Hill on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Sweet Loretta Lynn, there will never be another Honky Tonk girl like you. I’m gonna miss you. - AJ

Posted by Alan Jackson on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

I just heard the news about Loretta Lynn. So much sadness but what a legacy she is leaving behind. rip my friend!

Posted by Gary LeVox on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Loretta Lynn April 14, 1932, Butcher Hollow, KY - October 4, 2022, Hurricane Mills, TN

Posted by Vince Gill on Tuesday, October 4, 2022