Naomi Judd, Grammy-winning country singer, dies at 76
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – 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 his death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” the statement read. “We are devastated. We navigate deep grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.” The statement did not give further details.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs during a career that spanned nearly three decades. After reaching the peak of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.
The Judds’ hits include “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’ To the rhythm of the rain” in 1986 and “Grandfather” in 1986.
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