Two of Country Tonite’s favorite celebrity performers are recovering from injuries this month. Mickey Gilley sustained a fractured right shoulder and a fractured left ankle in a car accident on January 3, 2018. In an unrelated incident during the same week, Loretta Lynn fell and broke her hip. Both stars are in good spirits following their respective injuries.
Here at Country Tonite, we are are keeping Mickey and Loretta in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that their millions of fans around the world are doing the same. Below, we have compiled all of the information we know about how Mickey and Loretta are recovering.
Mickey Gilley’s Car Accident
Mickey Gilley was traveling back to Branson, Missouri with his son Michael, when their SUV rolled over three times off the interstate near Corrigan, Texas. Another driver had run a stop sign, which forced Michael to swerve away from the oncoming car. Unfortunately, this unexpected maneuver caused Michael to inadvertently clip another vehicle and ultimately lose control of the SUV.
As reported by CMT News, Mickey Gilley fractured his shoulder and ankle during the incident. His son Michael was bruised, but otherwise fine. The day after the accident, Mickey Gilley posted this video to Facebook to update his fans on his condition:
Update from MG concerning his car accident.
Posted by Mickey Gilley's Personal Update Page on Thursday, January 4, 2018
In the video, Gilley says, “I am having a hard time walking because I have a big boot on my left leg. But other than that I’m doing pretty good. To be 81 years old and put myself through what I’ve been through, it’s kind of tough sometimes on the old man, but I don’t intend to retire. I will be out there on the road, and I’ll see you real soon.”
Mickey had to reschedule his January 6 show in Greenville, Texas, but he plans to go through with his upcoming concert at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, Florida on January 20, 2018. Mickey Gilley last performed at the Country Tonite Theatre in October of 2017, when he appeared with Johnny Lee.
Loretta Lynn Breaks Hip
On January 8, 2018, Loretta Lynn’s sister Crystal Gale posted on Instagram that the Queen of Country Music had fallen and broken her hip last week. You can read the full post below:
“This is my birthday week!
My birthday wish is for everyone to send love and prayers to my sister, Loretta Lynn, who fell and broke her hip last week.
I was with Loretta yesterday. She is in good spirits and is doing as well as can be expected with this type of injury.
Thank you for your love, prayers and continued support!
Love you! Love you, Sis!
Lynn’s latest injury comes less than a year after the 85-year-old singer’s stroke in May of 2017, which forced her to cancel a number of tour dates. Her most recent public appearances were at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival in September and at Alan Jackson’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. Lynn’s 41st studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, is expected to be released later this year. The legendary artist last performed at Country Tonite in December of 2016.
We wish both Loretta and Mickey the absolute best as they recover in 2018!