Naomi Judd, the matriarch singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother to both bandmate Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, has died. Judd was 76.
Her daughters announced her death on Saturday and released a statement 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 on what was afflicting their mother.
The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The Judds’ hits included Love Can Build a Bridge, Mama He’s Crazy, Why Not Me, Turn It Loose, Girls Night Out, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain and Grandpa.
For more on The Judds, visit AmericanSongwriter.com.
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