The Grammy-winning country singer Naomi Judd has passed away at the age of 76

Wynonna and Naomi Judd, the Grammy-winning country music pair, have died at the age of 76, according to the Judds’ official website. In a statement posted Saturday, Wynonna and her sister, actress Ashley Judd, said, “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” but did not provide a specific date or cause of death.

One day before Naomi and Wynonna Judd were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the death of their mother was disclosed. During her hospitalization for depression, Naomi Judd has written and talked about her experience with mental illness and the need for help.

They began performing together in the late 1970s, and their appearances on the morning television show of Nashville country music kingmaker Ralph Emery were what made them famous. As a trained nurse, Naomi Judd supported herself and her two girls while coping with the trauma of a previous marriage, sexual assault, and drug addiction.

At that time, she told “We got into country music when I was 35. When I first met him, I’d already been through fire, earthquakes, slam-dunkings, my heart ripped out and trodden on by men. As a result, when I began writing country music, it seemed as if all I was doing was communicating.”

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For seven years beginning in 1984, the Judds had 14 No. 1 hits on the country charts, including “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” and “Love Can Bridge the Gap,” among others.

They were often mistaken for sisters since Naomi Judd’s youthful beauty made her look like a younger version of herself. Using bluegrass and gospel music as inspiration, they won five Grammy Awards, sold more than 20 million records, and dominated country music awards events for years.

It was in 1991 when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C, which she was previously thought to have caught while working as a nurse; the Judds were forced to stop performing. A great solo career followed for Wynonna and an Emmy-winning TV series called “Sisters” followed for Ashley.

It was clear that both daughters looked up to their mother as an inspiration and had faith in their own abilities to make it in the entertainment industry. In the suburbs of Nashville, Naomi Judd wrote a best-selling memoir, “Love Can Build a Bridge,” about her life (1993).

“I understood I was acting out a metaphor for mortality; a fleeting life spent out onstage, making my last bow before fading silently into the darkness,” Ms. Judd wrote in the book, the first of nine she released, several on spirituality and self-fulfillment.

In 1994, she and Wynonna performed in Super Bowl XXVIII’s halftime show as the Judds. Last seen on April 11 at the CMT Music Awards, which were televised live on CBS, they were last seen performing as a group. Starting in September, they were preparing for a month-long farewell tour.

As of 2008, Naomi and Wynonna are known as the ‘Judds,’ performing as a duo. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images ) Diana Ellen Judd was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on January 11, 1946. A gas station owner and a waitress were her parents.

She was raised in a household plagued by tragedy, including murder and suicide, and eventually adopted the name Naomi in honour of her favourite biblical character. An uncle and then schoolmates abused her as a child, she subsequently admitted.

The Palm Beach Post quoted Ms. Judd as saying in 2006, “I’ve been on my own since I was 17.” During my senior year of high school, I was 17 and pregnant with Wynonna; no one knew I was pregnant, my younger brother was dying of Hodgkin’s disease, and my parents were divorcing.

As soon as he learned I was pregnant, the guy who got me pregnant left town. ” Christina (who later changed her name to Wynonna) was born the week after she graduated high school at the age of 18.


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The couple had already been married for a year and a half when Ashley was born in 1968, the year after they moved to California. A divorce in the early 1970s left Ms. Judd on welfare and working in restaurants before she began her nursing career.

As a single mother, she returned to Kentucky in the mid-1970s, where she encouraged her daughters’ artistic pursuits. While doing chores one day as a child, Wynonna Judd would break into a low harmony song.

“I started singing,” she told the Ashland, Kentucky, Daily Independent in 2015. As a form of entertainment, we would gather around the dinner table and sing along.”

To support her sister Wynonna, Ms. Judd went to Nashville after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Rather, they achieved success as a duo, presenting songs written by Nashville songwriters as well as their own compositions.

Their albums sold out arenas and topped country music charts for seven years. The next year, Naomi Judd announced her second retirement from acting. In spite of her recovery from hepatitis, she retreated to her country home and fell into serious despair later, Naomi Judd has revealed in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Asked about her traumatic experience in 2016, she said, “I couldn’t leave my house for weeks.” Every second felt like a lifetime to me.” “I was absolutely paralyzed and every second felt like a lifetime.”

Suicidal ideas were something she strove to overcome through therapy and treatment in psychiatric institutes, she claimed. A poignant 2016 memoir, “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope,” detailed her fight.

“I’m still trying desperately to help myself, but I’m vulnerable,” she said in an interview with People. Her husband of over 30 years, Larry Strickland, and two grandchildren also survive her.

A song composed by Naomi Judd about her younger brother’s death was sung by the Judds at the end of their first farewell tour in 1991, “River of Time.” “My future isn’t what it used to be, only today is all that’s promised me,” she sang. My mind and body are healed by the river of time, which flows on.

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