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Friday, February 5, 1999 Published at 18:49 GMT

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Exhume Tammy, say daughters

Tammy Wynette: No autopsy after she died

Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters have asked for the singer's body to be exhumed for an autopsy.

Jackie Daly, Tina Jones and Georgette Smith say they want to make sure their mother died from a blood clot as reported by her personal doctor.

The three daughters wrote separately to Nashville's medical examiner, Dr Bruce Levy, requesting an autopsy on the 'First lady of country music'.

Tammy Wynette, best known for the hits Stand by Your Man and D.I.V.O.R.C.E., was found dead in her Nashville home in April last year.

Ms Wynette's doctor, Wallis Marsh, confirmed the cause of the 55-year-old singer's death without ever performing an autopsy.

"I find it hard to believe you can tell how my mother died by looking at her and not doing an autopsy," Ms Daly wrote to the medical examiner.

Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman said his office knew of the letters, but had not begun an investigation.

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