Country legend Loretta Lynn did not appear at her annual Labor Day show this past weekend. The singer suffered a fall earlier in the week and could not perform at her Hurricane Mills, Tenn. home as scheduled.
Lynn hosts the show with her sister Crystal Gale every year. Security at Lynn’s ranch informed fans at the gate that she wouldn’t appear, but they still planned to go on with the show.
Though Lynn couldn’t perform Saturday, her sister and twin daughters Peggy and Patsy sang for the crowd in her stead. Gale also read a letter from Lynn, showcasing her humor at the situation with a reference to old Life Alert commercials.
According to Rare Country, the letter read, “I thank you all for coming, and I’m sorry I can’t be there with you. I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up. I injured my chest and can’t get a deep enough breath to sing, but I’ll update you Monday [Sept. 5] after I see the doctor.”
Fans took to Lynn’s Facebook page to offer their well wishes. Some shared stories of their travels for the show. One included that she was named after Lynn and traveled quite a ways. It was going to be her first Loretta Lynn show ever.
The 84-year-old singer will surely be up and at it again soon, however. Lynn is one of the hardest working singers in the business. She has dates scheduled as far out as April 2017.