As a parent, it's hard to even imagine losing a child.  My heart breaks for Loretta Lynn, who lost her oldest daughter Betty.

According to Taste of Country, Betty died from emphysema complications, which is a lung disease defined by persistently poor airflow as a result of breakdown of lung tissue, according to Wikipedia.

A message on Betty's passing was posted on Loretta's Facebook, Twitter and webpage.


Betty Sue Lynn was the oldest of six children and leaves behind daughters Lynn and Audrey and five grandchildren.

LISTEN: Bret Michaels & Loretta Lynn Singing 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' [AUDIO]

BRET MICHAELS has recorded yet another version of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". This time, it's a duet LORETTA LYNN. Talk about an unlikely combination.Listen to the collaboration below and let us know what you think. The duet is on Brett's new album 'Jammin' With Friends,' availalbe June 25th.