Loretta Lynn (Coal Miner's Daughter & Country Queen), Dies

Loretta Lynn, a Kentucky coal miner's child, who was known for her candid songs about life and love in Appalachia helped her escape poverty

and became a pillar of country-music, has passed away. She was 90. According to Lynn's family, she died Tuesday at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, according to a statement.

"Our precious mom Loretta Lynn died peacefully this morning (October 4th) in her sleep at home in Hurricane Mills," her family released in a statement.

Lynn was already a mother to four children when she began her career in early 1960s. Her songs were a reflection of her pride in her Kentucky roots.

As a songwriter, she was able to create a persona of a tough woman who stood out from the stereotypical image that most country singers have.

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The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote with courage about sex, love and cheating husbands. She also discussed divorce, birth control, and other topics.

Her greatest hits were in the 1960s/'70s: "Coal Miner's Daughter," and "You Ain't Woman Enough." "Rated X," and "You're Looking at Country" were her most popular songs.