Loretta Lynn,85, AKA ‘the first woman of country music’ has suffered a major stroke in her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home. In a statement released on the singer’s behalf, she is under medical supervision at a Nashville hospital. The statement said Lynn is responsive and is expected to recover. However other reports are indicating it’s too early to tell what progress Lynn will make. Lynn’s scheduled tour has been postponed indefinitely and ticket holders will be given refunds.
Fans and stars alike took to social media to send Lynn well wishes. Singer Martina McBride said “Getting ready to go onstage tonight in Knoxville. All my love and prayers are with Loretta Lynn tonight. Last September Lynn canceled her Labor Day Concert at her ranch, due to taking a serious fall at home. She also took time off from touring last year to mourn the death of her oldest grandchild Jeffery Allen Lynn who died at 47. Lynn turned 85 on April 14th and to celebrate the day, she performed at two shows in Nashville for her most devoted fans.
She told ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’ earlier this year, that she has sworn off flying. She believes it’s too dangerous now. She believes the risks aren’t worth the convenience, if she can’t get somewhere on a tour bus, she’s not going. Loretta Webb married when she was 15 to a man 10 years her senior, Oliver ‘Doolittle’ Lynn. He persuaded his wife to pursue a singing career because he said “I like the way you sound when you sing.” She became a country singing sensation by the time she was 20. The couple were married for 70 years at the time of Lynn’s death from cancer in 1996. Lynn’s younger sister Crystal Gayle is also a successful country singer.