Veteran country music singer Loretta Lynn has been hospitalised after reportedly suffering a stroke.
The legendary performer is believed to have suffered a stroke while at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on the night of Thursday 4 May 2017 and was taken to hospital in Nashville. According to reports in North American publication TMZ, Lynn is responsive and is expected to make a full recovery.
At the time of her illness, Lynn was in the middle of touring commitments and was due to perform in North Carolina on the night of Friday, 5 May. That show and other upcoming dates on her itinerary have been postponed for the time being while Lynn recuperates.
Born a Kentucky coal miner’s daughter, Loretta Lynn rose to prominence as a performer during the 1960s. She had a string of hits including ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’ ‘The Pill’, ‘One’s On The Way’ and the autobiographical 1970 Billboard Country Music chart-topper ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Praised for their gutsy, outspoken qualities, her songs reflect a pride in her humble background and speak frankly of her experiences as a young wife and mother from poor Appalachia.
Her autobiography was made into popular 1980 movie Coal Miner’s Daughter. Widely acclaimed, it yielded an Oscar for actress Sissy Spacek, who played Lynn in the film. The movie was later adapted into a Broadway play in 2012, with Zooey Deschanel portraying the country music icon.
Lynn has continued to tour and record and in 2005 won two Grammy Awards for her album Van Lear Rose, produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. She was forced to postpone shows during 2016 after suffering injuries from a fall which required surgery. She is set to release a new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great in August 2017 and that same month is due to be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum.