Country music legend Loretta Lynn passes away aged 90

Vocalist Loretta Lynn passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the age of 90. Her rise from a modest Kentucky coal mining hamlet to national country music 

superstar practically became the stuff of Hollywood. A statement from Lynn's family claims that she died peacefully at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

According to a statement from the family, "our lovely mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills. 

Based on Lynn's 1976 autobiography, Michael Apted's 1980 motion picture Coal Miner's Daughter gave an unforgettable account of Lynn's life. 

For her portrayal of the singer, Sissy Spacek won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Beyond the tragic details of her life, Lynn was one of the first breakthrough female singing artists, recording 16 No. 1 country hits.

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