Loretta Lynn Emotionally Tributes Conway Twitty on Anniversary of His Death: ‘He Was a Brother to Me’

by Keeli Parkey

June 5, 2021, was the 28th anniversary of the passing of Conway Twitty. And on that day, his duet partner and fellow country music icon Loretta Lynn shared a special and emotional tribute to him.

Taking to Instagram, Lynn shared four very special photos. Two are just of Twitty. He is smiling at the camera in one. In the other, he is on stage performing. The other two photos show the Coal Miner’s Daughter and Twitty together. It is obvious from the photos that the two legends truly enjoyed one another’s company.

In addition to these photos, Loretta Lynn also shared a very moving message about Conway Twitty. In it, she talks about their friendship, what it was like to work with him, and how it felt when he died.

“He was a brother to me. One of my best friends. We laughed a lot and we looked out for each other. He’s one of the most under appreciated singers to ever make it in the music business. His voice amazed me every time. I loved singin with him. I miss my friend. What a terrible day that was when we lost him. Doo and I were heartbroken. What a lucky gal I am to have been his friend! I miss you, Conway! #truefriends #thebest,” Lynn shared on Instagram.

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty had a lot of success as duet partners during the 1970s. This success included five No. 1 hits in a row. They also released 11 albums together. They were also chosen as the best duo in 1971, 1974, 1975, and 1976 by the Academy of Country Music.

Loretta Lynn’s Friend, Conway Twitty Died While on Tour in 1993

The “terrible day” Loretta Lynn referenced in her Instagram post was June 5, 1993.

According to Tennessean, Twitty had performed a concert in Branson, Missouri, the previous day. He got on his tour bus headed for Nashville where he was to perform at a festival. The event later came to be known as the CMA Music Festival.

While on the tour bus, Twitty collapsed. He was taken to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Sadly, he passed away at the age of only 59 years old. His cause of death was an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

In addition to his success with Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty had a lot of success as a solo artist. That success was not limited to just the country charts, he also had hits on the pop charts. In total, the “Hello, Darlin'” singer had 41 Billboard No. 1 singles.

It’s no wonder he was known as “The Best Friend a Song Ever Had.”