On Monday, Lynn’s younger sister, and fellow Grand Ole Opry star, Crystal Gayle posted a note to her Instagram asking for “love and prayers” for her sister. “I was with Loretta yesterday,” she added. “She is in good spirits and is doing as well as can be expected with this type of injury.”
In late October, just five months after her stroke, Lynn made a surprise appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction of Alan Jackson. “This is first time I’ve been out of the house,” Lynn told Jackson from the podium. “You’re the only thing that would’ve brought me here.” She also joined Jackson, George Strait and Connie Smith to sing the traditional closing tune at the ceremony, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
The legend, known for her many hits, including the autobiographical “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which spawned a book and the 1980 Academy Award-winning film, will turn 86 in April. Lynn’s anticipated LP, Wouldn’t It Be Great, which was scheduled for release last August, has been postponed until sometime this year.