Country singer Lynn Anderson died Thursday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a statement from her rep. She was 67.
Best known for her hit Grammy award-winning single “Rose Garden,” Anderson released her last album, Bridges, in June. She achieved critical acclaim throughout the ’70s and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for 1970-80. Notably, she sang Tennessee’s state song “Rocky Top,” was one of the only country stars featured on television at the time — her first televised performance was on The Lawrence Welk Show — and was the first female country singer to sell out Madison Square Garden in 1974.
Country stars mourned Anderson in a statement and Reba McEntire said, “I am a huge fan of Lynn’s. She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music. Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. ‘Rose Garden’ was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed.”
Anderson is survived by her father Casey Anderson, her partner Mentor Williams, three children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream, and four grandchildren.