Naomi Judd, Country Icon and One Half of The Judds, Has Died
Country legend Naomi Judd has died at the age of 76.
"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," her daughter, actress Ashley Judd, shared on social media Saturday afternoon. "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's publicist confirmed the news in a statement to Southern Living, adding that the singer died outside Nashville earlier today.
"Her husband, Larry Strickland, of 32 years will not be making any further statements," the statement reads. "Naomi Judd's family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time."
Naomi was born on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky. She and her daughter, Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s. The Judds won five Grammys and had 14 No. 1 singles.
The "Mama He's Crazy" singer opened up about her mental health struggles in a 2016 appearance on Good Morning America, revealing that she had been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. Naomi recalled how she would "not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene."
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The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and recently announced their first tour together in over a decade, a 10-date "Final Tour," that was scheduled to begin in September.
Our hearts go out to the Judd family and their legion of devoted fans.