Beloved country star Kitty Wells has died at the age of 92.
Kitty, who is known as the first female superstar of country music, passed away on Monday at her home in Madison, Tennessee after complications from a stroke.
Wells, whose real name was Muriel Ellen Deason, became the first woman to top the country music charts in 1952 with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”.
Kitty continued performing even in her eighties.
She learned to play the guitar at 14 and made her singing debut on the radio in 1936. She married Johnnie Wright the following year and joined a band with her new husband and his sister.
Wells’ husband of over 70 years, Johnnie, died last year.
She is survived by a son, Bobby, and a daughter, Sue Wright Sturdivant; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Ruby, died in 2009.
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