Update (May 15): Loretta Lynn has left the hospital and is “doing great!” according to her website. A blog post on the site states, “Loretta wants to thank everybody for their prayers love and support. Loretta has been moved from hospital facility in to rehabilitation and we’re happy to report she is doing great!”
Loretta thanks everyone for their prayers love and support. She has moved to rehabilitation and we're happy to report she is doing great!
— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) May 15, 2017
The octogenarian country icon was at her Hurricane Mills home when she suffered a stroke on Thursday night, according to a statement issued on her website. The brief post confirms that she is responsive and expected to see a full recovery.
The singer-songwriter, who was slated to embark on a nationwide tour, has been advised by her doctors to recuperate at home until further notice. All upcoming tour dates have been postponed, according to the official statement.
American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted into a hospital in Nashville last night after she suffered a…
Lynn celebrated her 85th birthday last month on April 14 with a pair of sold-out shows at Ryman Stadium in Nashville, the venue she was scheduled to return to in August to celebrate the release of her forthcoming forty-first studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great—her third release for Legacy Recordings.
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) May 6, 2017
The holder of four Grammy awards, the country star was most recently nominated for “Country Album of the Year” for her 2016 album Full Circle at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February.
Coming from humble beginnings, growing up in a small Appalachian coal mining town, Loretta Lynn had gained widespread fame with her 1969 number-one-reaching country charts hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” An autobiographical song, her father had tragically died of coalworker’s pneumoconiosis, or “black lung,” before getting to see the release of Lynn’s debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” a song she’d penned herself—a rarity for a pop music performer at the time.
Dubbed “the Queen of Country Music,” the Coal Miner’s Daughter mythos has been an eternally captivating staple whose presence has remained prominent throughout Lynn’s five-decade-long career, the title of which belongs to her bestselling autobiography and an Oscar-winning 1980 biopic with Lynn portrayed by Sissy Spacek.
Lynn was introduced to a new audience when Jack White produced her 2004 comeback album Van Lear Rose, released to sweeping critical acclaim and commercial success. The album garnered five Grammy nominations, winning two.
You can revisit the video for Loretta Lynn and Jack White’s Grammy-winning Van Lear Rose duet, “Portland, Oregon” below.