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Heartbreaking loss for Country Music, Naomi Judd dead at 76

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FILE – Naomi Judd performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, June 13, 2009. Judd, the Kentucky-born matriarch of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died, her family announced Saturday, April 30, 2022. She was 76. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

Naomi Judd who was part of the Grammywinning duo The Judds and mother of singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, has died at the age of 76.

Her daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“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. The statement did not elaborate further.

The Judd’s were expected to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame tomorrow after racking up 14 number one hits in their time together.  The duo broke up after Naomi revealed she was battling profound depression.  Sadly she lost her battle with mental illness, according to reports.

Born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, Naomi worked as a nurse in Nashville until she and Wynonna discovered their unique harmonies and started singing together professionally.

Naomi Judd is survived by her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley.