Remembering Loretta Lynn: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire lead tributes for the country legend

The country music icon "passed away peacefully" in her sleep. She was 90.

October 4, 2022, 2:41 PM

The entertainment world is mourning the loss of country music legend Loretta Lynn.

Lynn, best known for her song "Coal Miner's Daughter" and the seven-time Academy Award-nominated 1980 biopic of the same name, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

PHOTO: Loretta Lynn performs in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 16, 2009.
Loretta Lynn performs in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 16, 2009.
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"Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills," her family said in a statement.

Lynn paved the way for women in the country music genre as the Country Music Association's first female vocalist of the year, an award she won in 1967 and repeated twice, in 1972 and 1973.

She was outspoken in her music about issues that affected women -- such as with her 1975 song "The Pill," which discussed birth control and was banned by radio stations -- and about her own rags-to-riches story, having been born and raised in rural Butcher Holler, Kentucky.

See how the country music world and other celebrities are remembering Lynn.

LeAnn Rimes:

Carole King: "She was an inspiration. R.I.P. Loretta Lynn."

Ty Herndon: "Loretta Lynn was an angel in this industry and in this world. My heart and my prayers go out to her family and everyone who loved her so."

Ingrid Andress:

Stella Parton: "My heart is broken with the news of my sweet friend Loretta Lynn passing. I will remember all the sweet visits and laughs we shared. RIP sweet Angel."

Lynda Carter: "I am glad she was able to share her wisdom and talent with the world for as long as she did. We will miss her. R.I.P. Loretta Lynn."

Mickey Guyton: "Rest in power sweet angel."

Carly Pearce:

Blake Shelton: "Terrible news about Loretta Lynn passing away... Prayers to her family."

Reba McEntire: "I always did and I always will love Loretta," McEntire wrote on Instagram. "She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers.

Dolly Parton:

George Strait:

Kacey Musgraves: "Loretta. πŸ’”"

Kid Rock: "RIP Miss Loretta. I find it very difficult to put your beautiful soul, talent and friendship into words right now... so I will use the ones you said to me and so many others, so many times... 'I love you honey' Kid Rock."

Darius Rucker:

Trace Adkins:

Billy Ray Cyrus: "Celebrating the life of Loretta Lynn. One of my highest honors was being joined by her and George Jones on a song I wrote called 'Country Music Has The Blues.' She handed me this wonderful gift on that day."

Rosanne Cash:

Miranda Lambert: "I'm so heartbroken to hear about Loretta's passing," Lambert wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her and the country music icon. "She was so kind to me and she blazed so many trails for all of us girls in country music. Thank you for all the songs. Miss you. Fly high. πŸ¦‹πŸ’™"

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