Naomi Judd’s death: Country star dies aged 76

Naomi Judd, the country music star and one half of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, has died at the age of 76.

Her daughter, actress Ashley Judd, announced her mother’s death in a statement on Instagram on Saturday (April 30) and said that she and her sister Wynonna were “devastated” by the news.

“Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are devastated,” she wrote.

“Navigating deep sorrow, we know that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her.

“We are in uncharted territory.”

Narrated by Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley The Associated Press that his wife had died near Nashville, Tennessee, at which time he was requesting privacy for their family.

No further details are known about the 76-year-old’s death, which comes just a day before she was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and a few months before she was scheduled to return to the stage later this year.

The Judds, consisting of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna, announced earlier this year that they would be embarking on a ten-date “Final Tour” beginning in September.

The duo was scheduled to be honored in the Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1st.

Just two weeks ago, they reunited for their first TV appearance in over two decades to sing their classic 1990s hit “Love Can Build a Bridge” at the CMT Music Awards.

Ashley Judd announces her mother’s death

(Ashley Judd/Instagram)

When news of Naomi’s death broke, tributes began pouring out on social media, with Grammy-winning artist Travis Tritt calling the news “heartbreaking.”

“This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I have ever known,” he tweeted.

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“I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with her in films and numerous music events. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

Maren Morris also paid tribute to the country star and remembered her last appearance before her death.

“I’m honored to have seen ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ a few weeks ago,” the singer wrote.

“I am very sad to hear that Naomi Judd passed away. Rest in peace. Sending love and light to Ashley and Wynonna and all who love them,” Rosanna Arquette tweeted.

In 2017, Naomi opened up about her battle with mental illness and how her depression often made her feel “immobilized.”

“I haven’t gotten off my couch for two years,” she told NBC today Show.

“I was so depressed I couldn’t move… It’s hard to describe. You go into this deep, dark hole of depression and you don’t think there’s another minute.”

Born in Kentucky, Naomi started out as a nurse before she and Wynonna performed together as The Judds in the early 1980s.

They won five Grammys and had 14 number one songs, including popular country hits “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Why Not Me.”

After three decades of performing, the mother-daughter group faded from the limelight in 1991 when Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.

In 2011, they made a comeback with a farewell tour before reuniting earlier this month at the CMT Music Awards.

Naomi is survived by her two daughters and her 32-year-old husband.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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