Dolly Parton Pays Tribute to Longtime ‘Sister, Friend’ Loretta Lynn

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Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn have long been considered the two queens of country music. So when Lynn died at the age of 90, it was only fitting for Parton to share their special bond.

“So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta,” Parton wrote on Instagram. “We’ve all 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.”

Dolly Parton Remembers Loretta Lynn

Lynn’s family made the announcement that she had died on Oct. 4.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the statement on Instagram read.

Parton and Lynn have not only shared country music’s biggest stage but again, were longtime friends. In 2019, Parton shared a picture on Facebook of the two of them with a caption that read, “Friends forever.”

Lynn responded in the comments. “Love you honey!” she wrote.

Parton celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member that same year and Lynn tweeted about the accomplishment.

Loretta Lynn Passes at 90

“Congrats to my dear friend Dolly Parton, for celebrating 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She’s my mountain sister,” Lynn wrote. “I love her music and I will always love her.”

Lynn took off as a country star in the 1960s, with the peak of her fame coming then and in the ’70s. She is known for hit singles such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”

A 1980 movie, also entitled Coal Miner’s Daughter, told the story of Lynn, portrayed by Sissy Spacek. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Spacek winning Best Actress.

Lynn married Oliver Lynn in 1948 when she was just 15-years-old. They stayed married for nearly 50 years, until his death in 1996.

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