Late last week reports began to surface that Loretta Lynn was in her last days. As huge fans of the coal miner's daughter my heart was broken to hear about it and one of my colleagues wrote the article on what we had seen circulating online.
“It’s so sad to see Loretta breaking down,” a source close to the singer told RadarOnline. In addition to requiring assistance with walking, Lynn also reportedly "suffers from glaucoma, so her vision is severely compromised."
“Loretta already has in-house nursing care, and of course, her four kids are there with her most every day. But there’s still a fear that another fall is going to kill her, and she would be better off in a facility where she can be monitored at all times,” the source added.
Well Loretta Lynn herself has responded to this:
Here's what she had to say about it: "Well, through the years they've said I'm broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill, and even dead! Poor things can't ever get it right. I guess if those old pesky tabloids are harassing me then they're giving someone else a break......but I'm about an inch from taking 'em to Fist City!"
Lynn's Facebook post includes a video that I have included above. "You're kiddin' me!" she says in reply to the story. Have a look at these hashtags in case you are confused at all about how she is feeling: #raisinghell, #yourmommashouldataughtyoubetter, #tellthetruth, #fistcity, #trashtalkingtabloids, #fakenews.
I would like to make sure that all of us fans know the truth. I am so happy to hear that Loretta is doing just fine. I was concerned as I know that she suffered a stroke, and broke her hip. Her latest album, Wouldn't It Be Great, was postponed due to her health, but finally released it in September of 2018. The country icon was feeling well enough to take the stage at her 87th birthday concert in Apil, singing "Coal Miner's Daughter" with an all-star group of guests.
"I ain't dead, and neither is Willie," Loretta says with a mischievous grin, in reference to Willie Nelson having read false reports of his death online. Nelson even wrote a song about the experience titled "Still Not Dead."
"Both of us are coming back to life, and we're gonna raise hell," Lynn adds, smiling.
All I can say is THANK GOD!
She also shared a moving post for Father's Day!
"I had the sweetest daddy in the world. It seems like a lifetime ago, but only yesterday in some ways that us kids lived with mommy & daddy in the holler. He loved his kids and we all knew it. I remember that he tried to preserve the battery for the radio to listen to news about the war, while I'd sneak any time I could to play the radio! He was a quiet man but he would sing with mommy and if you snuck in the house you might hear him singing. I remember he had a nice voice and that he could strum any instrument.
When I think of my daddy the first memory to come to mind is him coming out on the porch where I was rocking one of the babies and singing with all my might, "Loretty, shut that big mouth up, people all over the holler can hear you!" I said, "Daddy, what does it matter? They're all family anyway!" I chuckle still today thinking of it.Daddy worked hard and didn't complain about it. I think of him every time I ever sing the song, "They don't make 'em like my daddy anymore."He always called me Loretty. While he was quiet, I remember that he smiled a lot. Nearly always. That's a real gift to a child that you don't realize until you’re older. It does a child good to see their parents smile. He was almost always smiling.Daddy died at 51 years old and it was a heartbreaker for me. He didn't live long enough to see my singing career or to get to know my children. I couldn't have been a "coal miner's daughter" if it weren't for him. I wrote that song to show my love for my parents and the way they raised me.If your father is still living, tell him you love him, hug him while you have him. Do it today, don't wait until tomorrow.Daddy, thanks for loving me. I know you're still smiling at me....from the best seats in the House! Love you, Loretty"