Singer of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, mother of Wynonna and Ashley was 76

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76 years old.

The girls announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press and posted on social media.

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“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness,” the statement read. “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 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Judds as part of the Class of 2021 alongside his daughter Wynonna. The induction was announced last summer, with the ceremony due to take place tomorrow, May 1.

The Judds scored 20 Top 10 hits (including 15 number ones) and went undefeated for eight straight years at all three major country music awards 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”.

Born January 11, 1946 in Ashland, Kentucky, Judd moved to California when her marriage to Michael Ciminella ended. She raised her two daughters as a single mother. She attended California’s College of Marin nursing school before beginning her music career with her daughter Wynonna.

In 1991, The Judds stunned fans when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and decided to quit touring after a final goodbye. Their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable PPV history, and the tour that accompanied it was one of the highest grossing of that year.

Naomi Judd has also acted occasionally, appearing in More American graffiti in 1979, then starring in the film A holiday romance in 1999. alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney.

That same year, Naomi and Wynonna reunited for a New Year’s concert in Phoenix, with Ashley Judd MC’ing. A revitalized Naomi then embarked on a longer tour with Wynonna, doing 30 dates in 2000.

In 2003, she served as a judge on the revitalized star search, hosted by Arsenio Hall. This led to a Sunday morning talk show on the Hallmark Channel, Naomi’s new morning, which lasted two seasons. She also had several self-help books.

Judd joined the Country Music Television reality competition can you duet in 2008 as a judge. She was also on the Lifetime TV show The killing gameand starred as “Honey” in the channel An Evergreen Christmas.

No information on memorial plans has been announced.

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