RIP: Naomi Judd (1946-2022)

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Naomi Judd death: Country music star dies aged 76

Naomi Judd, the country music star and one half of Grammy award-winning duo The Judds, has died at the age of 76.

Her daughter, the actor Ashley Judd, announced her mother’s death in a statement on Instagram on Saturday (30 April), saying that she and her sister Wynonna have been left “shattered” by the news.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered,” she wrote.

“We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public.

“We are in unknown territory.”

Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley, told The Associated Press that his wife had died near Nashville, Tennessee, as he asked for privacy for their family at this time.

No further details are known about the 76-year-old’s death, which comes just one day before she was about to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and a few months before she was set to take to the stage again later this year.

The Judds, made up of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna, announced earlier this year that they were embarking on a 10-date “Final Tour” starting in September.
 

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Their song "Grandpa" has been played at so many funerals. She had 2 very talented daughters and her support of them was obvious. RIP Naomi.
 
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