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Irish star CMAT and Dolly Parton lead tributes to country singer Loretta Lynn

The family of the American country singer shared a statement on Twitter announcing that she had died on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Loretta Lynn waves after performing the song "Miss being Mrs." at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 26, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller/File Photo© REUTERS

FILE - Loretta Lynn performs at the BBC Music Showcase during South By Southwest on March 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter who became a pillar of country music, died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. She was 90. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)© AP/PA Images

Naomi Clarke, PA Entertainment Reporter and Edel HughesPA Media

Rising Irish star CMAT has paid tribute to country singer Loretta Lynn following her death aged 90.

The country pop sensation shared artwork from her debut album If My Wife New I’d Be Dead on Twitter which features a playful illustration of Lynn wearing a Dublin GAA jersey, writing: "RIP honky tonk girl, Loretta Lynn forever.”

CMAT, whose full name is Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, added that she would be performing a song in memory of the American country star on her Canadian tour, adding: “If you’re coming to the show in Toronto tonight please do full cowboy gear. We’re gonna do a Loretta song and throw down.”

Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus have also paid tribute to the "wonderful talent" of Lynn following her death aged 90.

The family of the American country singer shared a statement on Twitter announcing that she had died on Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Lynn was known for her song writing about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and some of her biggest hit songs included Coal Miner's Daughter, You Ain't Woman Enough and The Pill.

She found further fame after the release of the 1980 musical film Coal Miner's Daughter, based on Lynn's 1976 biography of the same name.

Actress Sissy Spacek's portrayal of Lynn won her an Oscar and the film was also nominated for best picture.

Veteran country singer Parton said she considered Lynn her sister and that she would "dearly" miss her.

In a post on Instagram, she wrote: "So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta.

"We've been like sisters all the years we've been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I'm one of them.

"I miss her dearly as we all will. May she rest in peace".

Her sister and fellow singer Stella Parton also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: "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."

Ray Cyrus shared a photo of his copy of her 2004 studio album Van Lear Rose which she had autographed for him.

He said: "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. #lorettalynn."

Flowers lay atop the late country singer Loretta Lynn's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Los Angeles. Lynn died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She was 90. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)© AP/PA Images

US singer Carole King described Lynn as an inspiration as she posted a photo of the singer smiling while sitting by a piano on Twitter.

God's Country singer Blake Shelton said it was "terrible news" and sent his prayers to her family.

Lynda Carter, star of the 1970s Wonder Woman series, said: "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".

Country music singer George Strait shared a sweet photo on Twitter of him embracing Lynn as he hailed her as "unbelievably talented".

He said: "We're sure going to miss @LorettaLynn. What an amazing woman and so unbelievably talented.

"Very thankful she shared that with all of us fans. God bless all of the family. Rest in Peace Loretta. See you down the road."

US singer Marie Osmond said "goodbye to another dear friend" as she also posted a throwback photo with Lynn.

She added: "She was the reason that I fell in love with #countrymusic. When I was 13, she said to me, "Never stop singing!"

"Heaven definitely received a true angel in this 'Honky Tonk Girl'! #RIP #icon #lorettalynn".

A statement from Lynn's family shared on Twitter said: "Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills."

Lynn launched her career in the early 1960s and her songs often reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.

The Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, also paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "Today, all of Kentucky mourns the loss of our very own Loretta Lynn.

"She was a legend who blazed a trail in country music while telling the stories of Appalachia and Kentucky.

"She will be greatly missed, but her words and impact will live on forever."


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