The world of country music is rattled. Last Saturday, April 30, 2022, legendary singer Naomi Judd tragically lost her life-long battle with mental illness. The 76-year-old leaves behind her daughter and singing partner Wynonna Judd and other daughter Ashley Judd. The pair of sisters tearfully accepted country music’s highest honor on behalf of The Judds the day after her passing.
Naomi Judd Dies By Suicide At 76 Years Old
Naomi Judd along with her daughter Wynonna Judd have been legends in the country music scene for a very long time. Together they have more than 14 chart-topping hits, five Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, and seven ACM awards. Though they hadn’t performed since 1991 after Naomi received a diagnosis of Hepatitis C, they finally appeared on stage together at last month’s CMT music awards. They had also recently announced that they would be going on tour one last tour. It was nearly sold-out and set to begin on September 30 and continue for nearly a month. (1)
Sadly, Naomi Judd’s two daughters Wynonna and Ashley announced their mother’s passing instead of tour updates. You can find the announcement on Ashley’s Instagram page. It reads:
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. 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.”
Naomi Judd is also survived by her husband of 36 years, Larry Strickland. He has not said much as of yet, other than that the family is asking for privacy.
“Naomi Judd’s family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time.” his statement says.
An Emotional Award Ceremony
Naomi and Wynonna Judd recently were notified that they would receive one of country music’s highest honors: To be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony for the award was scheduled for the day after Naomi Judd, ultimately, took her own life. Wynonna and Ashley Judd took the stage to tearfully accept the honor on behalf of The Judds and their late mother. (2)
“I’m gonna make this fast because my heart’s broken — and I feel so blessed,” Wynonna said in her acceptance speech. “I mean, it’s a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed.”
The ceremony included a beautiful video tribute to the lives and career of The Judds. It included their humble beginnings, incredible off-chance discovery, and their rise to stardom. Naturally, other prominent figures in the country music world took the stage to perform tributes and speak about the singing duo. In particular, they paid tribute to the late, great, Naomi Judd. One of those was fellow Kentucky and Hall of Fame resident Ricky Skaggs.