On Saturday, Country music legend Naomi Judd, who was one of the two to establish the music duo The Judds back in 1983 passed away at the age of 76. The news came to light after her daughter Ashley Judd made the announcement of her demise.
Ashley Judd took to Twitter to write a statement: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered,” and the statement was then verified by Ashley Judd’s publicist.
The statement further read “We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public,” adding “We are in unknown territory.”
In 1983, Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, started to sing together as a professional actors and ultimately started to produce a series of major successful tracks like “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and “Mama He’s Crazy” and sold over 20 million records.
Later, Naomi’s younger daughter Ashley Judd later became a celebrity in her own right as an actress.
As per the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Judds took home 5 Grammys and had fourteen No. 1 singles during the period of 7 years.
In 2011, The Judds completed what was set as a farewell tour however, last year it declared a 10-date “Final Tour” that was set in September.
Last month, for the first time in years, the duo performed together publicly at the CMT Music Awards.
On Sunday, the duo was supposed to be joined in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Let’s Check Out Some Details About Naomi Judd’s Personal Life
According to the official website of The Judds, Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Kentucky.
As per reports, following she welcomed her two daughters, the family relocated to Tennessee, where she used to work as a nurse. Later, Naomi started chasing her career in music with Wynonna by 1980 and appeared on a local morning show.
In 1983, The duo’s first song titled “Had a Dream (For the Heart),” was released and the track peaked at number 17 on the Billboard country chart. According to reports, the next song titled, “Mama He’s Crazy,” peaked at number 1 on country radio and in 1984, The Judds won their first Grammy.
The Country Music Hall of Fame explained their music as “characterized by distinctive harmonies,” with “powerful” lead vocals and acoustic accompaniments with elements of “traditional folk, blues, and family harmony.”
In 1990, Naomi Judd had to announce her retirement from performing following she was diagnosis with hepatitis C, a probable chronic and life-threatening viral illness. According to the website, the final single of the duo titled “Love Can Build A Bridge,” was released in December 1990.
In 2016, during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Naomi Judd talked of mental illness stating she had undergone treatment for acute depression and anxiety. Naomi stated during that time she would “not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene.”
In the same year, she penned a book named “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” describing her endeavors.
After the news of her demise, artists such as country stars Carrie Underwood and Travis Tritt shared tributes via social media.
Underwood penned “Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today.”
In a post, Tritt also shared his condolences to the family in a statement writing “Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events.”
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