Betty Sue Lynn died Monday from complications from emphysema, bringing an outpouring of condolences for the eldest daughter of country singing legend Loretta Lynn.
The 64-year-old Betty Sue died in Waverly, Tennessee, not far from her mother’s ranch in Hurricane Mills. She is now the second child of Loretta Lynn to die, following her brother Jack Benny Lynn’s death in 1984. The 34-year-old Jack died when he drowned on the family’s property.
American audiences came to know the story of Betty Sue Lynn through Loretta’s popular autobiography, Coal Miner’s Daughter. The title later became one of Loretta’s biggest hits and would be made into a popular movie in 1976.
On her website, Loretta Lynn wrote a note on behalf of the family about the death of daughter Betty Sue Lynn.
“The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family. Betty was Loretta’s oldest daughter. Betty leaves two daughters Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer,” the statement read.
On Monday and Tuesday a number of country music singers and music executives joined in expressing their sympathies to the Lynn family, including fellow country music legend Reba McEntire.
— Taste of Country (@TasteOfCountry) July 30, 2013
Sending out prayers to @The_LorettaLynn & the Lynn family for the loss of Betty Sue.
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) July 30, 2013
Betty Sue Lynn is preceded in death by her father, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, who died in 1996. She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dryer, and five grandchildren.