Country Music Legend Kitty Wells Dead at 92

Celebrity News Jul. 16, 2012 AT 7:00PM
Kitty Wells in concert circa 1980. Kitty Wells in concert circa 1980. Credit: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images

Nashville -- and music lovers everywhere -- are mourning the loss of the "Queen of Country Music."

The Associated Press reports that Kitty Wells passed away Monday at the age of 92 from complications of a stroke.

The songstress -- who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976 -- was the first woman to hit number one on the country charts with her 1952 hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Her accomplishments helped pave the way for future female artists to make their marks on Nashville.

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She "was every female country music performer's heroine," her friend Barbara Mandrell told Us Weekly in a Monday statement. "She led the way for all of us and I feel very grateful and honored to have known her. She was always the most gracious, kind, and lovely person to be around. I so appreciated her being a part of my life and a mentor to me."

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Wells is survived by two of her three children, Carol Sue and Bobby. Her daughter Ruby passed away in 2009; her husband Johnnie Wright, whom she wed in 1937, died last year.

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