No cause of death has been revealed
Naomi Judd has died at the age of 76 outside of Nashville. Judd was one half of the Grammy-winning The Judds with daughter Wynonna. Both Wynonna and sister Ashley Judd announced the news in a joint statement on Saturday (Apr 30th).
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” their statement reads. “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 Judds (@juddsofficial) April 30, 2022
Her husband, Larry Strickland, of 32 years will not be making any further statements. Naomi Judd’s family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time.
The elder Judd has been outspoken about battling mental illness, something that left her and Wynonna estranged for a time.
Earlier this month, The Judds announced their first tour in over a decade called The Final Tour. The 10 date trek was set to kick off this fall and feature Martina McBride as support.
The Judds, one of the most successful duos in country music history, were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow (Sun, May 1st) in Nashville. The organization will continue with the ceremony which was to see the mother-daughter duo walk the red carpet beforehand. The red carpet event has been canceled out of respect of Judd’s passing.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds,” shares Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history. Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news. Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds’ official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna’s music will endure.”
“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joins family and fans in grieving the sudden loss of Naomi Judd. Following the wishes of the Judd family, the museum will move forward with the Medallion Ceremony on Sunday, May 1, with Wynonna planning on being in attendance,” the Hall notes.
On April 11th, the duo made a triumphant return to the CMT Music Awards in which they performed their international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge” with the iconic landmark as their background.
Wynonna and Naomi Judd brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals. The Judds are often celebrated for a rarely-interrupted stretch of 14 No. 1 hits when every single of theirs released by RCA landed in the Billboard Top 10; and a career that defined what it means to be individualists in the music business. The Judds dominated touring in the 80s with 20 Top 10 hits, have sold more than 20 million albums and blazed a trail for duos and women who have followed them. Together, The Judds have 16 Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums and longform videos, led by 2x Platinum albums Why Not Me and The Judds Greatest Hits. Their stripped-back style revived the popularity of acoustic sounds in country music and opened up the genre for more traditional approaches.
In October 1990, Naomi announced her retirement from performing due to Hepatitis C. That retirement would come after the 124-date Love Can Build a Bridge Farewell Tour, which wrapped December 4, 1991, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.
Naomi focused on her health and beat the disease. She’s written several New York Times best-selling books and has become a popular motivational speaker.
Naomi and Wynonna have occasionally reunited over the years, notably for the 1994 Super Bowl halftime show, a 2000 reunion tour, a 2008 performance at the Stagecoach Festival and a 29-date Last Encore Tour from 2010-2011. In 2021, they received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Many celebs have shared their condolences and memories of Judd on social media.
I have so many memories with Naomi Judd – from our early years on stage around the country, awards shows to recent neighborly encounters at church or around our town of Franklin. I am speechless & so sad! My prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley & the rest of her family.God bless you pic.twitter.com/lFvDGpChvr
— Lee Greenwood (@TheLeeGreenwood) April 30, 2022
Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 30, 2022
This is heartbreaking news! 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. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to her family. https://t.co/ONRL9Q29om
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) April 30, 2022
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Naomi Judd. My heart goes out to her family during this extremely difficult time. Country music will never be the same. Love one another. ❤️
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 30, 2022
Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few short weeks ago. 🤍😔
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 30, 2022
Oh Sweet Jesus… Naomi Judd has gone home … the day before the Judds @countrymusichof induction … This is divesting news… We are saddened beyond words…
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 30, 2022
Devastated by death of Naomi Judd who w/ daughter @Wynonna was one of great duos of all time. One of my favorite & most memorable interviews was w/ Naomi. I loved her candor & humor & so respect personal story of persistence. She is irreplaceable. #sad https://t.co/9hfwXaO9sN
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 30, 2022
My heart is sinking over the loss today of Naomi Judd at 76. She was a talented lady, and one of a kind, making The Judds iconic in every sense of the word. This pic was taken just a few weeks ago😢 pic.twitter.com/mRYJHUjTc8
— Cody Alan (@CodyAlan) April 30, 2022
Back in 2003 Naomi Judd was a judge on Star search.. she gave me a perfect score and that changed my life.. Thank you Ms. Judd. She was a lovely woman and now the world is a little less bright without her. Condolences to her family and fans. Especially Wynonna and Ashley. 🙏🏾🙏🏽🙏🏻
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 30, 2022
We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of @TheNaomiJudd. Naomi, who made up half of legendary Country Music duo, @JuddsOfficial, has forever left a mark on Country Music’s history. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/3RWV5jQgQY
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) April 30, 2022
The Academy is deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news this afternoon of Naomi Judd's passing. With her daughter Wynonna, the Judds won the ACM Award for Top Vocal Duet 7 consecutive years, as well as the ACM Pioneer Award more recently at the Academy of Country Music Honors. pic.twitter.com/w4J0XYoteC
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 30, 2022
Words seem inadequate, but I wish the Judd family prayers and peace at this most challenging time.
Rest In Peace, sweet Kentucky girl. pic.twitter.com/W5tFLEt4Wk
— Steve Wariner (@stevewariner) April 30, 2022
I am shocked and saddened along with the rest of our country music community over the passing of Naomi Judd. I'll never forget meeting her for the first time when she was a contestant on a TV game show I was hosting. I asked her to identify herself for the audience… pic.twitter.com/ORKFPSGf8C
— Bill Anderson (@WhisperinBill) April 30, 2022
Naomi Judd 😔 so sad to hear this news. Thinking of all of her family & friends. Tough day for country music..
— Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) April 30, 2022
So very sad to hear of #NaomiJudd passing today. I had the great honor of knowing her, and she was no doubt one of the most iconic entertainers ever to make country music. Thinking of my good friend @Wynonna right now, this is a very tough day for her and the family. #TheJudds
— John Rich (@johnrich) April 30, 2022