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Loretta Lynn's Son Jack Benny Lynn Died Tragically at the Age of 34

Dayna Remus
Jul 23, 2022
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The country legend Loretta Lynn's Son, Jack Benny Lynn, was one of many children his mother adored. To this day, she grieves her late son and wonders why he died while doing something he loved.


Jack Benny Lynn was one of the six children that his mother and father had over the years. His siblings were Betty Sue Lynn, Ernest Ray "Ernie" Lynn, Clare Marie "Cissie" Lynn, and twins Patsy Eileen and Peggy Jean Lynn.

Singer Loretta Lynn and her husband Oliver Lynn's second kid, Jack, was born in the late 1940s. He brought a natural penchant as an outdoorsman, from training horses to becoming a gifted blacksmith, among an array of hands-on skills.

Jack Benny Lynn on July 25, 1984 in Waverly, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images

Jack Benny Lynn on July 25, 1984 in Waverly, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images



According to Loretta's biography, her now-deceased son was the one she felt most tenderly towards. Jack's body was found at 34-year-old was found in the Duck River along with his horse that was not hurt.

It was concluded that Jack had drowned while attempting to cross Duck River with the horse, another hobby of his and an activity in which he was skilled and practiced.


Loretta still posts tributes to Jack Benny. In 2021, she shared a sentimental Instagram post about his death, stating that she has missed him every day for the almost four decades he has been gone. The still-grieving mom penned:

"He was a spitting image of his daddy. He was my blond headed, blue-eyed baby. Just what I asked for. He was quiet and tender. I adored him with all my heart."

She stated that even though it caused her heartbreak if she could choose, she would do it all again. Loretta also expressed how a parent will never be the same after losing a child.

Loretta Lynn rests her head on her hand and reclines on a couch on February 24, 1975. | Source: Getty Images

Loretta Lynn rests her head on her hand and reclines on a couch on February 24, 1975. | Source: Getty Images



Loretta and her husband were under the assumption that their first child was going to be a boy, and so they gave him a name: Jack. However, this baby was not Jack; he was a she, so they named her Betty Sue Lynn, a tiny newborn who came into this world on November 26, 1948.

In her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," Lorette wrote about how close her relationship with her daughter was deep. While they could fight tooth and nail, they still had a solid bond to the point where she, as a mother, could sense in her dreams whether Betty was okay or not.


Then, on December 7, 1949, they did have a son and could finally use their original name: Jack Benny. In her autobiography, Loretta joked that they gave their first son this name for two reasons.

The first one was because it was the name of her favorite comedian, and the second she quipped was because people from the South always like using two names.


When Jack finished high school, he decided to enroll in the army. However, he was more content at home, tending to the animals on the ranch where he became a great horseman, making his demise more dreadful and unexpected. In December 2021, Lorette shared another Instagram post in tribute to the late Jack, writing:

"Today’s my Jack’s birthday. He was born a year and 2 weeks after my Betty Sue. I was so young that we practically raised each other, but they were my life."

She continued to write about how they were sometimes difficult to handle, but they were always fun. The post revealed, however, via its grief-stricken words, "I still can't believe they're both gone," that Jack was not her only child that had died.



Betty Sue died from emphysema in July 2013 on the family ranch at 64 years old. She left two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer, and five grandchildren.

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Sadly, loss is a continuous part of life, and in 2018, Loretta once again experienced a loss when her brother Herman Webb died at 83 years old. His family and friends surrounded him when he passed away at King's Daughters Medical Center in Auckland.

Before his passing, he ran a grocery store called Webs Grocery and gave fans tours around him and his sister's childhood home. He was widely known and admired by country music lovers for the tours he gave to the public.

He once stated that he would ultimately be in awe at how many people would arrive for these tours. He noted that the area would be filled with about 300 cars any day and was very proud of his musical sister's achievements.

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