Loretta Lynn's sister Crystal Gayle has taken to Twitter after the 85-year-old "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer suffered a stroke. Gayle, a legend in her own right, expressed the family's appreciation for the warm thoughts and prayers.

Lynn is currently resting in a Nashville hospital and a note on her website and Facebook page indicates she expects to make a full recovery. However all shows in the short-term have been cancelled.

Gayle is one of a growing number of stars who responded to news that Lynn was hospitalized, but her tweet certainly comes with more meaning. Despite the age difference (Gayle just turned 66 in January) the pair say they're close today. They always have been in fact. During a recent interview with Dan Rather the "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" singer said decades old tabloid reports of a feud between them were simply not true.

In January Lynn was the one who inducted Gayle into the Grand Ole Opry. The younger singer's remarks reflect the sentiment of several generations worth of country music singers and fans. There's no doubt Lynn is one of the most influential singers of all time, male or female.

Lynn's stroke occurred on Thursday night (May 4) but was not made public until Friday. She was at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. when the stroke occurred.

Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.

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