Just one day before she and her daughter Wynona were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Naomi Judd, a country music star and half of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds, has died at the age of 76.
Her daughter, actress Ashley Judd, posted a statement on Instagram on Saturday (30 April) announcing her mother’s death, saying she and her sister Wynonna were “shattered” by the news.
Judd died by suicide, and Wynona and Ashley Judd issued a statement saying in a joint statement posted on their Instagram accounts. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”
“We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by the public.” The sisters did not provide any other information about their mother’s death.
Stoney Richards, a long-time Y108 country music DJ, couldn’t believe it.
“Naomi was such a strong woman,” he said, “you’d never expect this to take her down.” “We never expected any of those things to take us down, but she leaves a great legacy and two beautiful daughters, and the music, the music lives on in this business.”
Naomi and Wynonna Judd started their duo in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1983 that they got their big break. They achieved 14 number-one songs and won numerous music prizes, including five Grammys, during their joint career.
The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1 for helping “take country back to its roots in the 1980s with lean, tuneful songs influenced by traditional folk music, acoustic blues, and family harmony acts,” according to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Instagram account.
“Love Can Build A Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” and “Girls’ Night Out” are among the duo’s most popular tracks.
When Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1991, the Judds formally separated, though the two had reassembled several times for special tours and performances.