Loretta Lynn, a trailblazer in the country music genre, has passed away, and her loss has been met with widespread sadness throughout the music and celebrity communities.
The family announced in a statement released to USA TODAY that Lynn passed away on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. As of this writing, she was in her nineties.
Stars from around the country music industry and beyond took to social media to mourn her passing.
Music queen Loretta Lynn, well known for her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” has passed away at the age of 90.
Tanya Tucker reflects on her ‘hero’
Tanya Tucker, another country music legend, posted a video and some photos of herself and Lynn on Instagram as a touching tribute.
My whole outlook on life has shifted today, and it will never be the same again. The day my idol @lorettalynnofficial gained her wings was a tearful one for me Those words were written by her.
Tucker thanked Lynn for being her “best friend” and “music industry mentor” in an interview.
And I brought flowers to her, too,” she went on. I had so many wonderful memories with her that I even named a horse after her, but time has finally stolen her away from me.
Tanya, always yours, your girl
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Faith Hill calls Lynn a ‘national treasure’
Faith Hill, a country music singer, posted a long tribute to Lynn on Instagram, calling her a “national treasure.”
As the adage goes, she pushed the envelope,” but this lady really was the envelope, stuffed with the experiences of living. One’s “true life” as a female. Understanding what it meant to be a woman. Just to be a wife and a mother, “Hill’s writings were published.
She praised Lynn as “the original” when it came to “pushing the edge.”
Loretta Lynn was well-aware of the power women possess when it comes to overcoming obstacles. Indeed, she did, speaking for every woman who has ever risked everything by letting the world into her innermost thoughts and feelings.
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Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and more remember Loretta Lynn
A legend to another, Parton paid homage to her “sister, friend Loretta” with a touching song.
We’ve been like sisters for the years we’ve been in Nashville, and she was a lovely person woman, tremendous talent, and she had millions of admirers, and I’m one of them, the “9 to 5” singer wrote. “And so shall I, and all of us. To her eternal rest, I pray.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2022
Reba McEntire wrote an extensive tribute to Lynn in which she reflected on how similar her mother and Lynn were as “strong women, who loved their children and were passionately devoted.”
I loved Loretta then, and I love her now,” she said. “I can’t tell you how wonderful she was to me all the time. I’m grateful to her for blazing a trail for female musicians to follow.”
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Miranda Lambert shared a number of images on Instagram of her and Lynn together. “Hearing of Loretta’s demise has left me feeling utterly devastated. She was incredibly kind to me, and she paved the way for women in country music in so many ways “She tagged the photos with descriptions. “Many thanks for the music. We’re going to have to miss you. Take to the skies!”
In a tweet, Rimes praised Lynn, writing that she was an “icon” and referring to her as “lovely Loretta Lynn.” “How really innovative! Wow, such a lovely person inside and out “The country music artist carried on. “I pray that she is finally at peace with the angels. The people in her life are in my thoughts and prayers.”
To which Blake Shelton said, “It’s terrible to hear that Loretta Lynn has passed away… Sending prayers to her loved ones.”
With a snapshot of himself with the late country artist, Trace Adkins wrote, “RIP “In honor of Loretta Lynn. No poet has yet been created who could put her life into perspective. The moments I spent with her will always be ones I remember fondly. Love you forever and ever.”
She taught us all to speak our minds without fear of repercussions,” Pearce said in a tribute. “A true legend, and maybe the best of all time. Tonight at the @opry, I’ll be performing “Dear Miss Loretta” with a little more affection.”
She showed us all how to unapologetically tell the truth. One of the greatest there ever will be. I’ll be singing “Dear Miss Loretta” with a little extra love tonight at the @opry ♥️ Now she really is a Honky Tonk Angel 🕊 #RIP pic.twitter.com/fiUNnTrlvZ
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) October 4, 2022
Women in country music wouldn’t be “where we are without her and the pathways Loretta Lynn established,” Tenille Arts said about Loretta Lynn’s impact on the industry.
None of us women in country music could be where we are without her and the paths Loretta Lynn paved. Sending all of my love to her family, friends, and the whole country music family 🖤 pic.twitter.com/vFUNh46xUV
— TENILLE ARTS (@TenilleArts) October 4, 2022
Margo Price said of Loretta Lynn, “It’s fair to say I wouldn’t even be performing country music today if it weren’t for her,” in a caption for a picture of the two of them singing a duet before Lynn passed away. “She modeled for me what it meant to be a mother and a musician. Her writing was genuine till the end of the day. This aches in a whole new way. I will never forget her absence from my life.”
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t even be making country music today if it weren’t for Loretta Lynn. She showed me up what it looked like to be a musician and a mama. Her writing was as real as the day is long. This one hurts on another level. I’ll miss her forever. pic.twitter.com/xpQZwp4TnB
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) October 4, 2022