Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and the mother of Winona and Ashley Judd, has passed away. She was 76 years old.
Sisters confirmed The death of the mother on Twitter.
“Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy,” they said in a statement posted on God’s official Twitter account. “We have lost our beautiful mother to a mental illness. We are devastated. We are in deep grief and know that just as we loved her, her fans loved her. We are in uncharted territory.
The statement did not explain the cause of death.
The Gods were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and they just announced a tour of the ring starting in the fall, their first tour together in more than a decade.
The mother and daughter performers have recorded 14 number one hits in a career spanning nearly three decades. After their rise to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.
The Gods’ works have included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990, “Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984, “Turn It Loose” in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, and Rockin’ With the rhythm of rain in 1986 and “Grandfather” in 1986.
Originally from Kentucky, Naomi was working as a nurse when she and Winona started singing professionally together. Their unique harmony, combined with acoustic, bluegrass and blues elements, made them stand out in the genre at the time.
The Judds released six studio albums and an EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They have earned a total of five Grammy Awards together on songs like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”.
The judges sang about the family, the belief in marriage, and the virtue of fidelity. Since Naomi was young in appearance, they were confused early in their careers.
The daughter of Ashley Judd is an actress known for her roles in films like Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and Heat.
Naomi Judd is also survived by her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley.