Naomi Judd, one half of iconic country duo The Judds and a true icon in the country music world, has died.
She was 76 years old.
The tragic news was confirmed on Saturday by the artist’s daughters Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd, who announced their mother’s death as follows:
Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness.
We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience.
We are in uncharted territory.
Judd died just a day before the Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On April 11, the duo announced plans to begin a final tour in September, which would have marked their first string of concerts since 2011.
On the same day, The Judds performed onstage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
No cause of death has been confirmed at this time.
Juddd is survived by her husband, Larry Strickland, another singer who used to sing for Elvis Presley and released this simple statement to People Magazine on Saturday:
“Naomi Judd’s family asks for confidentiality during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time. »
The country icon had been open about her mental health in her 2016 book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.
After wrapping up the Judds’ final tour in 2011, the singer began a three-year battle with severe, treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.
The Judds were a legitimate historic act, earning 20 Top 10 hits (including 15 number ones) and going undefeated for eight straight years at all three major country music award shows.
They have also won five Grammy Awards, with Naomi Judd winning a Grammy for Country Song of the Year with the Judds’ hit “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
Following news of Judd’s passing, an outpouring of love from fellow musicians, celebrities and longtime listeners quickly spread across social media.
Scroll down to read what they had to say…
Carrie Underwood“Country music has lost a true legend… sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We all send prayers for the Judd family today…”
Travis Tritt“This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I had the honor of working with her in films and many musical events. My most sincere condolences go to his family. »
Maren Morris“Rest in peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few weeks ago. »
Kristen Johnson: “I am so sad for Naomi Judd. She was so sweet, warm and fun, but what I remember best is how proud she was of her daughters, she talked about them all the time. My heart breaks for his family. »
Hoda Kotb“So saddened by this news. @kathielgifford and I cherished the moments we shared with her on our show. A one-of-a-kind RIP. »
Andy Cohen: “I loved Naomi Judd. Among her many talents, she was so much fun, a great storyteller, and a wonderful mind. »
Rosanna Arquette: “I am very sad to learn that Naomi Judd has passed away. Rest in peace. Sending love and light to Ashley and Wynonna and all who love her. »
Bobby Bones: “RIP Naomi Judd. Apparently my mother taught me every one of your songs. She sang them often and loudly. You left country music better than you found it. »
Governor Mike Huckabee: “Devastated by the death of Naomi Judd who along with her daughter @Wynonna was one of the all time great duos. One of my favorite and most memorable interviews was with Naomi. I loved his candor and humor and therefore respect his personal story of perseverance. She is irreplaceable. #sad “