Naomi Judd, the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd and a member of the Grammy-winning duet The Judds, has died. She was 76 years old at the time.
Naomi Judd’s grandchildren
Grace Pauline Kelley and Elijah Judd are Naomi Judd’s grandchildren.
Elijah Judd Is the eldest grandchild of Naomi Judd. He is age 27. Grace Pauline Kelley is age 25.
Naomi Judd cause of death
In a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, her daughters announced her death.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “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.”
Naomi Judd died near Nashville, Tennessee, said a statement on behalf of her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland. It said no further details about her death would be released and asked for privacy as the family grieves.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and they had just announced an arena tour to begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade. They also made a return to awards shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.
Who was Naomi Judd?
Naomi Judd was a country music singer and actress from the United States. She and her daughter Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as members of The Judds in 2021.
On January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky, Judd was born to Pauline Ruth ‘Polly’ (née Oliver; 1927–2019) and Charles Glen Judd (1924–1984).
Her father was the proprietor of a petrol station.
Brian (1948–1965), her younger brother, died of leukemia at the age of 17 in 1965. Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd), Naomi Judd’s first child, was born when she was 18 years old.
Judd raised both daughters as a single parent after the birth of her daughter Ashley (April 1968), who went on to become a film and stage actress, and the end of her marriage to Michael Ciminella.
She first attended nursing school at California’s College of Marin while living in nearby Lagunitas, California, and later began a successful singing career with daughter Wynonna.
Judd married Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet for the second time on May 6, 1989.
Judd had sadness, anxiety, panic attacks, edema, baldness, tremors, and suicide thoughts after her last tour.