When announcing the news country music legend Naomi Judd died aged 76, sisters Wynonna and Ashley Judd shared their statement of “deep sadness” at the Death. Without providing further details, they attributed their loss to “the disease of insanity”.
The tragedy came shortly after Wynonna and Naomi reunited as The Judds for a powerful performance at the CMT Music Awards and announced their final tour would begin in fall 2022. The legendary duo were also preparing for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Wynonna and Ashley Judd: “Today we sisters witnessed tragedy” in Naomi Judd’s death
On April 30, 2022, Wynonna and Ashley Judd announced the heartbreaking death of their mother at the age of 76. “Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy,” they shared. “We lost our beautiful mother to the illness of a mental illness.”
They are “navigating deep sorrow” but added: “[We] knowing that she was loved by her audience as we loved her.”
“We are in uncharted territory,” they concluded.
Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland, recounted it People, “[The] Family asks for privacy at this heartbreaking time. No further information is being released at this time.”
The Judds were making a career comeback prior to Naomi Judd’s death
The Judds performed at 2022 CMT Music Awards Weeks before Naomi died, and that was her first television appearance in more than 20 years. The reunion thrilled fans and also ignited something that seemed poised for a comeback.
After singing their famous song “Love Can Build a Bridge” on stage at the CMT Music Awards, they announced their first arena tour together in more than a decade, which would also be their last. They wanted to take off for 10 dates in the fall.
Additionally, The Judds are scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022. They were preparing for a red carpet experience to mark the momentous occasion.
Naomi Judd called depression “completely debilitating and life-threatening” before her death.
Naomi Judd spoke about depression in an interview with in 2016 Good morning America. “They think because they see me with rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am,” she explained. “I’m kind of a fantasy because I want to offer that to them.”
But she said she would “come home and not leave the house for three weeks,” staying in her pajamas and neglecting her hygiene due to her depression. She added, “It was really bad.”
She spoke about it because what she went through was “extreme” and “so deep and so completely debilitating and life-threatening” that she knew some of her fans could relate.
“I’ve worked and worked so hard over the last four years,” she said. “If I’m going through this, I want someone to see that they can survive.”
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/sweet-mother-naomi-judd-dead-76-lost-disease-mental-illness.html/ “Lost to the Disease of Insanity”