Singer Loretta Lynn out of hospital

Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:23pm EDT
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - Country music legend Loretta Lynn was resting at home on Monday after spending part of a "scary" weekend in the hospital suffering from pneumonia, the singer said.

"It was one scary night ... But I am feeling better and just gonna take it easy for a couple of weeks," she said in a statement from her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

The 76-year-old music icon went to a Kentucky hospital early on Saturday after awakening on her tour bus complaining of difficulty breathing, her web site said.

Lynn canceled her two weekend performances in Kentucky and North Carolina, but the statement said she expected to return to the stage on November 3 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The singer, who grew up poor in Kentucky's coal-mining country before rising to fame, has additional performances scheduled in Mississippi, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Lynn, whose hits including "If You're Not Gone Too Long" and "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'," has released 70 albums and charted 16 No. 1 hits in a career spanning five decades.

She has won two Grammys and written several books, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," which was made into a movie that earned Sissy Spacek an Oscar for her performance as the singer.

(Reporting by Tim Ghianni; Editing by Andrew Stern and Jerry Norton)