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Loretta Lynn feared death after first and last marijuana hit

Published 30/11/2016

Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

The veteran superstar considers performing as a form of exercise.

Country music icon Loretta Lynn thought she was going to die after taking a hit of marijuana for the first time at the age of 84.

The veteran singer was prescribed a medical marijuana joint earlier this year (16) to help relieve the pain of her eye condition glaucoma, but she took too big a hit and was turned off the drug for good.

"I got glaucoma and they gave me one of these cigarettes," she tells People magazine. "I took one smoke off of it and it hit me right here in the chest... Glaucoma is just going to have to take over."

It's not Loretta's only health issue these days - the star recently had to cancel a series of concerts after suffering a fall at her Tennessee home in August (16).

But she has no plans to take it easy - or even call it quits.

"They tell me to rest all the time," Lynn explains. "But I'm not tired!"

And the legendary musician insists performing for fans is her own way of keeping fit and staying sane in her advanced years.

"I ain't going to do no exercise (sic)! I hate exercise!" she exclaims. "I had six kids and got over that, so why should I worry about exercise? I just work the stage. We do a 90-minute show."

She adds, "I don't have to work now. I don't have to, but I love to. I ain't ready to lay down and die. I don't see no reason to quit right now (sic)."

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