Naomi Judd has died aged 76.
The country music legend’s daughters, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd, released a statement on Saturday announcing the sad news via Twitter.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness,” they commented. “We are upset. We navigate deep mourning and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory. »
A cause of death has not been confirmed.
However, after her last tour with Wynonna for The Judds in 2011, Naomi developed anxiety and panic attacks.
And in an interview for ABC News in 2016, the singer revealed that she had battled “completely debilitating and life-threatening” depression, and had had several stints in psychiatric wards.
A number of country music stars have posted tributes to Naomi online.
Carrie Underwood wrote on Twitter: “Sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We all send prayers for the Judd family today. »
As Maren Morris tweeted, “Rest in peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed Love Can Build a Bridge just a few weeks ago,” referencing Naomi’s last performance at the CMT Music Awards last month.
Meanwhile, officials at the Country Music Hall of Fame have decided to move forward with their plan to induct The Judds on Sunday.
“Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a place in music history. The story of his triumphant life overshadows today’s tragic news,” said Hall of Fame chief executive Kyle Young. Induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do it with heavy hearts and weighted minds. The music of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna will live on. »