Country music legend Loretta Lynn remains hospitalized after she suffered a stroke at her Tennessee home on May 4.
Lynn was taken to a Nashville hospital for treatment shortly after the stroke and has remained there while she recuperates, according to Fox News. Lynn, 85, remains on tour and had several concert dates scheduled for May. On her doctors’ advice, she has postponed several concerts.
According to her website, Lynn is expected to make a full recovery. People also reports that Lynn had to miss a Labor Day festival at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, in September 2016, after needing surgery to help recover from a fall.
“Many of you have heard that my sister, Loretta Lynn, had a stroke,” said Lynn’s sister, Crystal Gayle, through Gayle’s publicist. “She’s a strong woman and I know she’ll come out of this. Our family appreciates your prayers, love and support. We pray for a speedy recovery.” Gayle is a Grammy Award-winning singer.
Lynn rose to popularity in the 1960s for her frank and honest songs depicting love, heartbreak, infidelity and even birth control. The daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, Lynn often referenced her poor upbringing in the rural area of Appalachia in her songs, as well as her trials as a young wife and mother.
Some of Lynn’s better-known songs include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” and “One’s On The Way.” Lynn released an autobiography entitled “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in 1976, which led to a movie adaptation that garnered Oscar attention. Actress Sissy Spacek received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lynn.
Lynn’s 2005 album “Van Lear Rose” won a pair of Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the song “Portland, Oregon.” The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Country music peers took to Twitter to express their concern for Lynn and wish her well.
“Getting ready to go on stage in Knoxville. All my love and prayers are with Loretta Lynn tonight,” wrote Martina McBride.
The account for the country music venue Grand Ole Opry said: “Sending all our love to Loretta Lynn and hoping for a speedy recovery!”
“Sending love to Miss Loretta right now! Praying for your recovery and for your family,” wrote Jennifer Nettles, posting along with a photo of Nettles and Lynn.
Lynn was married to husband O.V. “Moonie” Lynn for 48 years until his death in 1996, according to ABC News. The couple had six children.
Sources: Fox News, ABC News, People / Photo credit: Third Coast Daily/Flickr