Betty Sue Lynn, daughter of famous country singer Loretta Lynn, passed away yesterday. Here are the 5 Fast Facts surrounding her death as well as some interesting notes on how she wrote hits for Loretta, family troubles, and a statement from the Lynn family.
1. Betty Sue Lynn Died of Emphysema
Betty Sue Lynn was 64 when she passed away yesterday. The Associated Press received a statement from the Lynn family saying:
Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near her mother’s ranch in Hurricane Mills.
In addition, the statement thanked friends and fans for their prayers and kind thoughts.
The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family’s loss. Betty was Loretta’s oldest… http://t.co/poQLgBFgz3
— Loretta Lynn (@The_LorettaLynn) July 29, 2013
2. Country Singer Loretta Lynn Is Heartbroken
Famous for her autobiography Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn is grieving the loss of her daughter.
Oh my heart hurts so much for my friend Loretta Lynn. I've just heard her daughter, Betty Sue, passed away this mor… http://t.co/v4r5OJQsSm
— Reba McEntire (@reba) July 29, 2013
The country star still performs. In fact, she did a show just last Friday.
Loving Loretta tonight at the 930 club 9:30!!! http://t.co/RaGDNgMHdr
— Loretta Lynn (@The_LorettaLynn) July 27, 2013
It’s undetermined when Loretta Lynn will return to the stage as she mourns the loss of Betty Sue.
3. Loretta Lynn Has Already Lost a Son
7/24/84: The body of Loretta Lynn's oldest son, Jack Benny Lynn, is pulled from the Duck River near Waverly, Tennessee.
— Classic Country Fact (@HistoryCountry) July 24, 2013
Betty Sue Lynn was the eldest of Loretta’s six children. Yes, six children. Loretta Lynn has already lost one of her children, son Jack Benny Lynn. People reported that Jack drowned on the family’s property in 1984 at the young age of 34.
On July 22 her 34-year-old son and her heart’s favorite among her six children, Jack Benny Lynn, mounted his quarter horse, Black Jack, at the 5,000-acre family ranch, Hurricane Mills, near Waverly, Tenn. He called out to a ranch hand “I’m goin’ ridin’,” and went off into the hills. Sometime in the evening horse and rider tried to ford the often treacherous Duck River that bisects the Lynn spread. They never made it: On Tuesday a sheriff’s search party found the horse standing beneath a river bluff, and Jack’s body in the water nearby.
Loretta was actually not told about her son’s death until that Wednesday as she was being treated in the hospital for exhaustion. Her husband Oliver drove to her to deliver the horrible news.
4. Betty Was Her Mother’s Right-Hand
Sending out prayers to @The_LorettaLynn & the Lynn family for the loss of Betty Sue.
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) July 30, 2013
When you’re a country superstar like Loretta Lynn, you have a lot of fans. Betty often helped her mother with her business, answering fan mail for her. When brother Jack passed away, Betty spoke for her mother saying:
Mother’s strength will pull her through. She’s been sick and she works too hard, but Mother’s going to be fine.
Betty also spoke about the special bond she shared with her siblings.
All of us kids have hung on to each other all these years and it won’t be the same without Jack. … But Jack went out in a blaze of glory. He just went off ridin’.
Loretta’s remaining children include Clara Marie, Ernest Ray, Peggy, and Patsy.
5. Betty Sue Lynn Wrote Some of Her Mother’s Songs
— GAC (@gactv) July 29, 2013
According to Wiki Answers, before Betty Sue Lynn got divorced, she was Betty Sue Lynn Perry and she wrote some hits for Mom Loretta in the 60’s. These songs include Wine, Women, and Song, Before I’m Over You, The Other Woman, and The Home You’re Tearin’ Down.