Singer Loretta Lynn hospitalized, postpones Durham show

Posted October 23, 2011 11:11 a.m. EDT

— A Durham performance by country music singer Loretta Lynn was postponed after she was hospitalized over the weekend with the early stages of pneumonia, according to a representative of the performer.

The 76-year-old Lynn was scheduled to perform Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

DPAC representatives said the show would be rescheduled in the near future. Tickets for Sunday's show will be honored at the rescheduled one.

Lynn also had to postpone a Saturday show at the Performing Arts Center in Ashland, Ky.

Loretta Lynn Enterprises posted a statement on her website Saturday night that confirmed the postponements due to illness.

"Doctors have diagnosed her as the beginning stages pneumonia and will continue to need rest. Loretta is doing well and is disappointed but feels confident she will be ready for upcoming November dates."

Calls by The Associated Press to representatives of Lynn were not immediately returned Saturday.

In August, Lynn canceled shows because of knee surgery. Before that, she returned to live performances with a show at the Grand Ole Opry after being forced to cancel shows in Ohio and Connecticut because she was hospitalized for heat exhaustion.

The daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, Lynn had a string of hits starting in the 1960s — "Coal Miner's Daughter," ''You Ain't Woman Enough," ''The Pill" and "One's on the Way." Many of her songs reflected her pride in her humble background and her experiences as a wife and mother. Her 1977 autobiography was made into a movie that brought an Oscar for Sissy Spacek's portrayal of Lynn.

More recently, Lynn marked 50 years in country music and won two Grammy awards in 2005 for her album "Van Lear Rose."