Naomi Judd, Matriarch of The Judds, Dead at 76

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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  1. I am so very sorry and saddened for your loss! She was a Beautiful sweet lady who sang Beautiful sweet music! She will be sadly missed and I pray she is in God’s kingdom now. I pray for her families strength to get through this hard time! God Bless you all!

  2. So sorry to hear the passing of Naomi Judd so sad her and her daughter were such good singers sorry for your loss Wynona and Ashley your mom will be missed prayers for you both !

  3. So sorry for your heartache 💔 😢 at the loss of your dear mother prayers for comfort and peace for you young ladies and your family Amen

  4. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. It is very devastating I know and also know there are no words or actions that will ease the pain or take it away. I just lost my husband of almost 49 years (29 of this month), two months ago and still have no sense of direction I need to go. Rely on happy and good memories to help carry you through this very difficult time. Prayers of comfort sent your way.

  5. Ladies , I’m so sorry for your loss. I have followed all 3 of you from the beginning of your careers. You mother was a very strong and caring woman. You girls have followed in her footsteps. My deepest sympathy to you both. May God bless you both and give you strength.

  6. So saddened to hear of Matriarch Judd’s passing. An amazingly talented musician and loving mother. She will be forever in our hearts.

  7. So very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful woman full of grace beauty and so talented. She will be missed by many but our lives have been inriched just having know her through her story and music. May she Rest In Peace!!!

  8. oh wow I am in shock to hear of the passing of Wynona Judd, I am not a fan of country music, but they were a duo, they were inseperable together they made music, together..So sad to hear of this my heart goes out to the Judd family, prayers as well may she RIP..

  9. She “was” country music’s prized singer! We all loved that sweet smile. She has been a blessing. So sorry for her beautiful daughters!

  10. I’m so very sorry to read about your Mom. She was a Beautiful lady inside and out. I loved listening to her sing with you girls. My thoughts and prays are with you girls. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.
    Rest In Peace Naomi

  11. Very sorry to hear this news. She was a lovely woman and Mamas are irreplaceable! We will miss her voice blending with yours!🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

  12. I don’t think there is a family that has lost someone they, Loved❤, to mental illness, that doesn’t know, and, understand, what you are going through, and how you are feeling.😢…..My..🛐…and my, condolences on the loss of your mother. ❤✝️❤✝️❤.

  13. So sorry for the last comment posted I have the names mixed up. so sorry to hear of the passing of Naomi Judd, her and daughter Wynona, were a duo, they did everything together..prayers goes out to ashley and wynona..family and friends, among the country music industry..may she RIP..

    • Sending prayers to the family! Losing my momma on 12/21/21 it’s still very fresh! I know the heartbreak! May God Give you all comfort! She was a beautiful person! The “Judds” have always been my favorite! This is so sad! 🙏💔😭

  14. Deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a very beautiful lady. May she rest in peace, she will be missed by many people around the world. Prayers for your family.

  15. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I send prayers of love, comfort and peace to both of you daughters , your family and many fans.

  16. So sorry for your family’s loss. Your mother had a beautiful voice and was loved by millions of fans. May God give you strength and peace to help you through this difficult time!

  17. I have loved the Judds for years.I am very sorry for this great loss of you girls.Thoughts and prayers are with you.God bless.

  18. So sorry i loved to here your mother sang just so sorry to here of her passing. I don’t have nothing to ease your pain but just know she loved you girls. And she sure was loved by you all .my heart and prayers are with your family

  19. So sorry about hearing about the loss of your lovely mom. Especially you Winona. My family has sweet memories of you visiting us in Chattanooga and my daughter Shellie Stewart knowing you and spending time with you early on. She was so beautiful like you.

  20. I’m so sorry for your families loss. I loved both the judds and then when wynonna went out on her own. I also think Ashley is an amazing actress.
    Prayers for your family in this time of grieve!

  21. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. She was such a wonderful singer and a wonderful person. Loved by a lot of people ❤️ ♥️ 💕 💗 💖 .Naomi will be missed by many..

  22. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, there is nothing more painful than the loss of a loved one.
    She was a beautiful women and loved her children, remember the good and treasure the memories.

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