Country legend Loretta Lynn's stroke on May 4th sparked worry that the "Coal Miner's Daughter" hitmaker would never be able to sing again, according to Radar Online reports.

Loretta Lynn having difficulty speaking after suffering stroke

As previously reported, Loretta Lynn, 85, was admitted to a Nashville hospital after suffering a stroke at her Hurricane Mills Ranch. Loretta was moved from the Nashville hospital to a rehab facility on May 15th, and now it is feared that the stroke may have caused more damage than first thought. Following her stroke, Loretta's rep stated that the singer was resting, talkative, and expected to make a full recovery.

Prognosis for country singer's recovery may have changed

It is now alleged that Loretta's prognosis may have changed since early May. Sources close to Lynn have reportedly told Radar that the singer is now struggling to speak, and there is major concern over whether she will be able to sing again. Fans of Loretta Lynn know that if there is one thing she loves to do, it's sing and entertain. If her health issues never allow her to sing again she will be heartbroken.

The country singer's recent health issues forced her to cancel this year's tour dates. Lynn had scheduled tour stops lined up through November across the United States. Loretta's fans, on the other hand, have been very concerned and supportive, wanting Loretta to take care of herself and her health.

This has been Loretta's second health issue in two years. Over Labor Day of 2016, the singer made news headlines after she was treated for a serious fall at her home that left her unable to perform with the Van Lear Sisters.

Her younger sister, singer Crystal Gayle filled in for her sister during the ranch holiday festivities after reading a letter written by Loretta to the fans, apologizing for her absence.

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Lynn, who is 85-years-old, has been singing her heart out for more than 7-decades, so if the time has come for her to take things slow then her dedicated fans are going to be fine with it.

She began her successful career in country music when she was only 15. Loretta met and married husband Doolittle Lynn. Doolittle enjoyed listening to Loretta sing to the couple's six children so much that he bought her a guitar as an anniversary gift.

The rest is country music history and is well documented in the film about Loretta Lynn's life, "Coal Miner's Daughter," which stars Sissy Spacek.

Loretta Lynn is best known for country hits which include "Coal Miner's Daughter," ''You Ain't Woman Enough," ''The Pill," and "One's on the Way." The songs she has written have always reflected Lynn's family pride and background, with many being written about Lynn's life and her experiences as a young wife and mother from poor Appalachia.