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Coal Miner’s Daughter & Country Music Icon, Loretta Lynn Dies Aged 90 years.

American country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, who was born a coal miner’s daughter, before becoming a country music icon has sadly died.

In a press release, her family have confirmed her death today at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at her home in Hurricane Mills,” the family confirmed in a press statement.

Lynn shared a quote from the Bible on Facebook just two days before her passing. She wrote: “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

Loretta Webb, who claimed to be of Irish and Cherokee descent, was born, the second of eight children, in the rural and remote Appalachian mountain village of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, US.
Her younger sister went on to have a successful country career of her own under the name Crystal Gayle.

Loretta Webb married, at the tender age of 15 years, a 21-year-old war veteran Oliver Lynn and had given birth to four children before her legendary music career eventually took off, latter which spanned more than six decades, from the early-1960s.
She had learned to sing in Church, and her father, Melvin Webb, had died of black lung disease 11 years before her signature 1970 hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; same eventually recorded, as an ode to his passing.

Her other hit songs included; “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)“; – “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind); – “One’s on the Way”, and “Fist City”.

In 1980, the film Coal Miner’s Daughter which grossed $67.18 million in North America (against a budget of $15 million) was made based on her life, starring Sissy Spacek as Lynn, with Tommy Lee Jones (Oliver Lynn), Beverly D’Angelo (Patsy Cline) and Levon Helm (Ted Web) featuring in supporting roles.
Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Minnie Pearl make cameo appearances as themselves in the film.

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