The Coal Miner’s Daughter turned 85 on April 14 and appeared primed for an extraordinary 2017 — despite her ongoing health woes. She had 24-plus concerts scheduled, a new album (“Wouldn’t It Be Great”), and wowed Nashville audiences in mid-April with a pair of shows at the famed Ryman Auditorium. But then Loretta’s big year came grinding to a halt when the ailing star suffered a stroke
on May 4, and though she survived the life-threatening crisis, her condition is so severe
she was brought to the rehab facility, “where she can be taken care of much more attentively,” according to a tragic update on her website.