Country Music Icon, Loretta Lynn, Dead at 90

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The death of Loretta Lynn was announced in a statement issued by her family.
"Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th [2022], in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills." Statement From the Family, via AP.
Lynn's vocal and storytelling style influenced generations of country music singer / songwriters.
The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is known for leaning into her own life for songwriting material.
She became a star during an era when the industry was dominated by men.
"It was what I wanted to hear and what I knew other women wanted to hear, too. I didn’t write for the men; I wrote for us women. And the men loved it, too." Loretta Lynn, 2016 Interview, via AP.
Emerging from poverty in rural Kentucky, Lynn found solace in music from an early age.
"I was singing when I was born, I think. Daddy used to come out on the porch where I would be singing and rocking the babies to sleep. He’d say, ‘Loretta, shut that big mouth. People all over this holler can hear you.’" Loretta Lynn, 2016 Interview, via AP.
"And I said, ‘Daddy, what difference does it make? They are all my cousins.’" Loretta Lynn, 2016 Interview, via AP.
The country music legend continued recording well into her later years.
"She’s louder than most, and she’s gonna sing higher than you think she will. With Loretta you just turn on the mic, stand back and hold on." John Carter Cash, Music Producer, via 'The New York Times'.
Lynn is survived by her six children.