Loretta Lynn in Nashville Hospital After Suffering Stroke

Photo: Brad Coolidge
Photo: Brad Coolidge

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is expected to make a full recovery, but fans of the 85-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer are worried after news broke early Friday evening (5-5) that she had suffered a stroke in her Hurricane Mills home, and is in the hospital in Nashville.

“She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery,” reads a statement from the Loretta Lynn camp, and is confirmed by Director of Media Relations at Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, Maria Malta. “Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.”

Loretta’s shows in Durham, North Carolina on Friday (5-5) at the Carolina Theatre, and North Myrtle Beach on Saturday (5-6) at the Alabama Theater have both been cancelled. At the moment, a scheduled show at Penn’s Peak in Pennsylvania on May 12th is still on.

Loretta celebrated her 85th birthday on April 14th, and recently announced a new 13-song album called Wouldn’t It Be Great would be released via Sony’s Legacy Recordings on August 18th. It was recorded primarily at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN, with producer (and Lynn’s daughter) Patsy Lynn Russell, and caretaker of the Cash Cabin Studios, John Carter Cash.

Loretta Lynn’s previous album Full Circle received a Grammy nomination, and on August 25th the Country Music Hall of Fame will unveil a special Loretta Lynn exhibit to help commemorate the museum’s 50th Anniversary.