Judd’s death was confirmed by her daughter, the actress Ashley Judd, who claimed she was ‘shattered’ by the news.
In a recently published article in The Independent, at the age of 76, Naomi Judd, one half of the mother-daughter country combo, passed away only one day before they were to be inducted into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Today our sisters faced a tragedy,” Wynonna and Ashley Judd said in a statement, announcing Naomi’s untimely death. Sadly, our mother succumbed to the debilitating sickness that is mental illness. We’ve been smashed to pieces. Despite our deep sorrow, it is comforting to know that as much as we cared for her, she was adored by her fans. “We’re in a new area.”
Judds’ Cause of Death
The daughters of Judd did not disclose any further information in their announcement on their mother’s death. For River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope, Naomi wrote about her struggle with mental illness in 2016, which was published in 2016, according to a published article in Yahoo Entertainment.
In addition to her husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland (a former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley and a member of the Palmetto State Quartet), daughters Wynonna and Ashley, and grandkids Grace and Elijah, Naomi Judd has left behind a large family. Wynonna Judd will still attend Sunday’s Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony in Nashville, but a public red carpet has been canceled, according to Taste of Country’s report.
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