Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

Sep 26, 2016

Country singer Jean Shepard performing at a benefit event.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Grand Ole Opry says Country Music Hall of Fame artist Jean Shepard has died. She was 82.

Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt says in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died Sunday in Nashville.

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music. She presented a strong female point of view in songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)."

Shepard paired with fellow Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky in 1953 on "A Dear John Letter," her first No. 1 country hit.

She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.