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Country music legend Loretta Lynn suffers stroke

Country music star Loretta Lynn has been taken to hospital after suffering a stroke.

Maria Malta, a publicist for Sony Music, said the 85-year-old singer and songwriter, whose 1977 autobiography Coal Miner's Daughter was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Sissy Spacek, was admitted to a Nashville hospital on Thursday night after being taken ill at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Lynn's website says she is responsive and expected to make a full recovery.

It says the veteran singer has been advised by doctors to stay off the road while she recuperates and upcoming shows will be postponed.

Lynn blazed a trail as a strong-willed singer and songwriter who wrote honest, and at times frank, songs about sex, divorce, cheating and even birth control.

She had six children with her husband of 48 years, OV "Moonie" Lynn, who died in 1996.

Born a Kentucky coal miner's daughter, Lynn had a string of hits starting in the 1960s with the biographical Coal Miner's Daughter, You Ain't Woman Enough, The Pill, and One's On The Way.

More recently, she won two Grammy Awards in 2005 for her album Van Lear Rose.

Her songs reflect pride in her humble background and speak frankly of her experiences as a young wife and mother from poor Appalachia.

Lynn continues to tour and record regularly, but had to postpone shows last year after suffering injuries in a fall that needed surgery.

She is releasing a new album this August, Wouldn't It Be Great, and will be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

AP

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