Naomi Judd is dead. She was 76.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” daughters Wynonna Ashley JuddShared on Saturday, April 30 Twitter statement. “We are shattered. We are going through profound grief. We know that she loved us as much as we loved her. We are in unknown territory.”
Wynonna, 57, was also one-half of The Judds, the Grammy-winning duo. The mother-daughter group — who are set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1 — were known for their hits “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa.”
Naomi — who is survived by husband Larry Strickland and their two daughters — started making music with Wynonna in 1983. After the death of Wynonna, the band broke up in 1991. They were to reunite in the latter part of this year for a live tour.
“Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few short weeks ago,” country singer Maren Morris tweeted her condolences to Naomi’s family on Saturday.