Singer Naomi Judd Dies at 76, Cause of Death (Complete Coverage)

Grammy-winning country stars The Judds Naomi and Wynonna Judd, whose family harmony made them Grammy winners, have died She was 76 years old. She was found dead on Saturday, according to a statement from her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, to the AP.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “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.” Naomi Judd’s husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland, issued a statement confirming her death in Nashville, Tennessee. It requested privacy while the family mourned her passing and said no additional details would be provided.

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The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. “Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history.

Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news,” said Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young in a statement. “Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds’ official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna’s music will endure.”

A fall arena tour, their first as a band in over a decade, had just been announced.

There were 14 No. 1 hits in the mother and daughter duo’s career that spanned nearly three decades. It was in the 1980s that this redheaded combo, who were known for their blend of traditional Appalachian bluegrass and polished pop, had a string of hits to their name. Both Wynonna and Naomi delivered powerful vocals and attractive stage attire for the duet.

They also performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month, making a comeback to awards programs.

“Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few short weeks ago,” singer Maren Morris posted on Twitter on Saturday.

“This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known,” singer Travis Tritt posted on Twitter, noting that he had worked with Judd several times on screen and during performances.

“Country music lost a true legend…

sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today,” singer Carrie Underwood wrote on Twitter.

In 1991, physicians discovered that Naomi Judd had hepatitis C, and they decided to call it a day. As a solo artist, Wynonna continued to perform.

Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990), “Mama He’s Crazy” (1984), “Why Not Me” (1984), “Turn It Loose” (1988), “Girls Night Out” (1985), “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” (1986), and “Grandpa” (1986) were all big hits for the Judds over their career.

Naomi, whose real name is Diana Ellen Judd, was living in Nashville as a single mother and nurse when she and Wynonna began performing professionally. As a result of their distinct sound and acoustic music, bluegrass, and blues influences, they were one of the most popular acts in the genre at the time.

Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd
“We had such a stamp of originality on what we were trying to do,” Naomi Judd said after it was revealed that they would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

On Monday, April 11, 2022, Wynonna and Naomi Judd attended the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Family members reported the death of Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born matriarch of Grammy-winning duet The Judds, on Saturday, April 30, 2022. She was the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd. She was 76 years old.

When asked about her impending tour and Hall of Fame induction in March, Naomi Judd told the AP that she was already in the midst of her preparations.

“To have all the incredible opportunities that I’ve had, being reminded of all that just makes me very humbled and I just want to bask at the moment,” Judd said.

She said that throughout their lives, music had been the glue that held them together.

“Music is the bridge between mom and me, and it bonds us together,” she told the AP. “Even in the not easy times.”

Between 1984 and 1991, the Judds recorded six studio albums and an EP and won nine CMA Awards and seven ACM Awards. For the songs “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love,” they took home five Grammys each, and Naomi took home a sixth for authoring “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

In 1994, the Judds shared the stage alongside Travis Tritt, Clint Black, and Tanya Tucker for the Super Bowl halftime show.

The Judds sang a lot about the importance of family, marriage, and loyalty. Early on in their careers, people mistook Naomi for her sister because of their similar looks. For some reason, she preferred to wear stage dresses that were full of rhinestones and glitter, rather than boots and cowboy gear.

In the early 1980s, Ralph Emery’s morning show dubbed them the “Soap Sisters” since Naomi had mentioned she used to manufacture her soap, and the term stuck.

CMA’s Horizon Award went to them after the success of “Mama He’s Crazy.” After yelling “Slap the dog and spit in the flames!” Naomi began her speech.

When it came to her mental health, Naomi Judd was honest. Hepatitis C, which she claims she caught while working as a nurse, was chronicled in her memoir, “River of Time.” It was in 1995 that her physicians assured her she was virus-free, she claimed.

When she returned home from a reunion tour in 2010 and felt like she had lost her identity, she wrote about how she isolated herself at home and dealt with terrible panic attacks in her biography. She also revealed that she had been coping with the effects of childhood sexual assault for some time now. Outpatient treatment for mental health issues as part of her treatment plan, and she was admitted to a mental health facility.

Daughter As an actress and philanthropist, Ashley Judd is best recognized for her work in such films as “Kiss the Girls,” “Double Jeopardy,” and “Heat.”

Naomi Judd was married to Elvis Presley’s backup singer Strickland for 32 years.

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