Her family confirmed she died peacefully in her sleep, and the tributes to one of the greatest musicians to ever do it have been pouring in.
But there’s one in particular that is extra special, and that would be the post from Mrs. Dolly Parton.
The two were very close friends for decades, as they both navigated the industry that is Nashville and country music, blazing their own paths and always encouraging each other to say what they want and be themselves along the way.
They’re both larger-than-life figures in the world of country music, and Dolly just released a statement sending her condolences and talking a little bit about how much Loretta meant to her.
She called her a “sister,” saying they’ve been that way since they both moved to Nashville decades ago:
“So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta.
We’ve been like sisters all the years we’ve been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I’m one of them. I miss her dearly was we all will.