Loretta Lynn, who set the bar for female country musicians with her songs of tenacity and independence, has away at the age of 90.
She was referred to as the "Queen of Country," and many of her songs, especially the autobiographical Coal Miner's Daughter, were informed by personal experience.
Don't Come Home A-Drinkin', Honky Tonk Girl, and the feminist song The Pill were among the other hits.
According to Lynn's relatives, she passed away on Tuesday at her Tennessee home.
The family released a statement saying, "Our lovely mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills."
They requested privacy while they mourned and indicated that a memorial service would be planned later.