Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter, has died.

The queen of country, the most awarded lady in country music history, passed away in her sleep Oct. 4, the family said in a Tweet.

She had 24 No. 1 singles and sold 45 million singles.

Among those who saluted her were TV newsman Dan Rather, who said she “sparkled like a diamond.”

Fans flooded to her web site and tweets with their sad goodbyes.

According to her obituary: “Over the course of her 60-year career, the famous native of Butcher Hollow, Ky. amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits, garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and broke down barriers for women everywhere with songs like “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

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Here’s a link to her obituary.