Loretta Lynn, country music legend and 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' dies at 90

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NASHVILLE – Loretta Lynn, the iconic singer and songwriterwhose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.

Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning (Oct. 4) in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch,” her family said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. 

Lynn was a mother of four when she launched her career in the early 1960s, and her songs reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background and also intimate matters in her life – from her difficult, wearying childhood to fights with her husband. Her songs also brought messages of women’s liberation without ever mentioning politics, helping change long-held notions about gender roles. 

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