Country Music Star Naomi Judd Dead At 76

Naomi Judd, the legendary country music star and one half of The Judds, died on Saturday at the age of 76.

Judd breathed her last just one day before her scheduled induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with her daughter Wynona.

The news was revealed by Naomi’s other daughter Ashley Judd.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. 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,” she wrote on Twitter.

Naomi Judd died near Nashville, Tennessee, according to a statement on behalf of her husband and singer, Larry Strickland.

Naomi and Wynonna formed the country music duo The Judds in 1983. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, the day after her death.

As country music’s most famous mother-daughter team, they scored twenty top ten hits and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. They won five Grammy Awards. Naomi won a Country Song of the Year Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

Country stars offered tributes to Naomi on her death. “I’m just heartbroken over the loss of Naomi Judd,” Loretta Lynn wrote on Facebook.

“Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today,” Carrie Underwood wrote.

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