Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mom of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76.
The sisters confirmed their mom’s demise on Twitter.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” they stated in an announcement posted from the Judds’ official Twitter account. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. 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 on the cause of death.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and they had just announced an arena tour to begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade.
The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs in a profession that spanned practically three many years. After rising to the highest of nation music, they referred to as it quits in 1991 after medical doctors recognized Naomi Judd with hepatitis.
The Judds’ hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990,”Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984,”Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” in 1986 and “Grandpa” in 1986.
Originally from Kentucky, Naomi was working as a nurse when she and Wynonna began singing collectively professionally. Their distinctive harmonies, along with components of acoustic music, bluegrass and blues, made them stand out within the style on the time.
The Judds launched six studio albums and an EP between 1984 and 1991 and received 9 Country Music Association Awards and 7 from the Academy of Country Music. They earned a complete of 5 Grammy Awards collectively on hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”
The Judds sang about household, the idea in marriage and the advantage of constancy. Because Naomi was so younger wanting, the 2 have been mistaken for sisters early of their profession.
Daughter Ashley Judd is an actor recognized for her roles in such films as “Kiss the Girls,” ″Double Jeopardy” and “Heat.”
Naomi Judd can also be survived by her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley.