Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans.
Naomi Judd, a Grammy-winning country music singer and half of the duo The Judds, died at the age of 76. Her family shared the tragic news on Saturday.
In a joint statement shared on their Instagram profiles, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd, the other half of The Judds, wrote, “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.” They didn’t provide any other information on her demise.
The singer was reported to be suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicide thoughts after her last tour. Edema, baldness, and tremors were among the adverse effects of the lithium she was administered.
“Looking forward to seeing your sweet faces along the red carpet on Sunday!” Wynonna took to Instagram to share on Friday, but given what has happened, it is unclear whether she will still go.
Naomi created the immensely successful singing pair known as “The Judds” with her daughter Wynonna. As country music’s most renowned mother–daughter combo, they earned twenty top 10 songs and went undefeated at all three major country music awards presentations for eight consecutive years.
They also received five Grammy Awards and a slew of other accolades. Naomi received a Grammy of her own for her song “Love Can Build a Bridge,” which she wrote. The news was initially reported by TMZ.
Reactions to Country Music Legend Naomi Judd Passed Away At 76
So, Naomi Judd has passed away due to mental illness. Please, let's not let her death be in vain. Let her untimely passing remind you that mental illness is a potentially fatal disease, and not something to be ashamed of. If your brain isn't firing right, there is no shame in— Zoe Bear (she/her) 🇱🇧 🇨🇦 (@zoeciccarelli) May 1, 2022
Rest in peace, Naomi Judd. To her daughters and friends, our heartfelt condolences. Words fall short.— Brettbutlerperiod (@BrettButler1111) April 30, 2022
Friends who live with depression and anxiety- Naomi Judd’s tragic death is triggering for many of us. If you’re struggling, or even just a little spooked, tell someone. Don’t go through this alone— Matthew L. Kelley (@matthewlkelley) May 1, 2022
Naomi Judd just died & it really bothers me. The Judds were part of my childhood soundtrack. I had a huge crush on Winona Judd growing up.— Jude, Simon, Jolene, Rachel 🏳️🌈😷 (@rachelgoes262) April 30, 2022
They haven’t officially announced cause of death, but sounds like a suicide.
Check on ppl. The world is not ok.
Don’t anyone think that Naomi Judd wasn’t a fierce warrior— Luna Luvgood 🌻🌻🌻 (@LunaLuvgood2020) May 1, 2022
She lifted herself and her two daughters out of poverty
Took their whole Family from Welfare to the Grand Ol Opry
She achieved great things, how her story ended is a tragedy
But her life was a triumph
Really taken back my the passing of Naomi Judd. We need to normalize having open & honest conversations about mental health.— BlueWaveDarling🇺🇦 (@BlueWaveDarling) April 30, 2022
If you are EVER in a moment of crisis, reach out to me. My DM is always open to listen & support you❤️