Country Music Star Naomi Judd Dead at Age 76

Country Music Star Naomi Judd Dead at Age 76

Country Music Star Naomi Judd Dead at Age 76!

One of the most successful acts in country music history, the matriarch of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, Naomi Judd has passed away…


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A post shared by Wynonna Judd (@wynonnajudd) and report that Wynonna and sister, actress Ashley Judd, announced in a statement Saturday about the passing of her sister, Naomi Judd.

Ashley Judd said:

Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.

The Judds are to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Wynonna posted Friday on Instagram. It is not known if she will still attend:

Looking forward to seeing your sweet faces along the red carpet on Sunday!

Naomi married Elvis Presley’s backup singer Larry Strickland in 1989, and The Judds broke up two years later after she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The duo reunited in 2000, however, for “The Last Encore Tour.”

Naomi’s younger daughter, Ashley, 54, became a successful actress and activist starring in movies like “Double Jeopardy” and “Kiss The Girls.”

In 2016, Naomi revealed that she battled severe depression and anxiety since she and Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.

She said:

[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.

Wynonna and Ashley released this statement following their sisters passing:

The Judds strung together a long list of hit singles in the 1980s and 1990s, and in 1994 released a compilation album of 12 songs that topped the country charts, including Grammy-winning hits “Why Not Me,” “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).”