Naomi Judd of the country music duo The Judds has died at the age of 76.
Her daughters, singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd announced her passing on Saturday in a statement to The Associated Press.
“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.” The statement did not elaborate further.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The Kentucky-born performer formed a highly successful singing duo with her daughter, known as The Judds.
The pair scored twenty top-10 hits and won five Grammy Awards.
Naomi was also a songwriter and won a Grammy for country song of the year for The Judds’ hit “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
In 1991 they broke up after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C but reunited in 2000 for a tour.
Naomi’s younger daughter, Ashley became a successful actress and activist starring in movies like “Double Jeopardy” and “Kiss The Girls.”
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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