Loretta Lynn is survived by four of her six children, following her death at age 90. Find out more about all of her kids here.
Loretta Lynn has one of the most incredible legacies in all of country music. The Kentucky native first hit the scene back in 1960, when she landed a recording contract off her single “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” She then hit number one on the charts in 1967 with “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, which became one of the first albums by a female country artist to reach sales of 500,000 copies. With two more mega hits in “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” and “Coal’s Miner’s Daughter,” it’s easy to see how Loretta landed 18 Grammy nominations and 3 wins! After decades in the music industry, Loretta sadly died at 90 years old on Tuesday, October 4.
Loretta’s family announced her death in a statement, while also asking for privacy. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” they said.
Her personal life has created quite the legacy as well. In 1948, at the age of 15, Loretta married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr., who was 21 at the time. Despite her claims of a tumultuous relationship, including infidelity and abuse, the couple remained married for almost 50 years until Oliver’s death in 1996. “Doo was a good man and a hard worker,” she wrote in her autobiography Still Woman Enough. “But he was an alcoholic, and it affected our marriage all the way through. He was also a womanizer.”
The marriage also led to the couple welcoming a total of six children! The ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ singer sadly had two of her children pass away. Find out all about Loretta’s big, beautiful brood on the next page!