American country singer Naomi Judd has died at the age of 76, her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd confirmed in a statement.
udd rose to fame as part of the country music duo The Judds along with their daughter Wynonna.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Ashley and Wynonna said: “Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy.
“We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.
“We are shaken. We navigate deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her.
“We are in uncharted territory.”
Judd’s career spanned nearly three decades, and she was awarded a Grammy for Country Song of the Year for The Judds’ hit “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
The Judds were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and recently announced they were touring together for the first time in over a decade.
Born in Kentucky, Judd was a registered nurse before starting a band with her daughter.
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Judd’s youngest daughter Ashley became an actress, known for her roles in films such as Kiss The Girls, Double Jeopardy and Heat.
Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds released six studio albums and one EP.
During this time, the band also won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards.
In 1991, after a highly successful career, Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C. The Judds then announced the end of the band.
The mother-daughter duo earned a total of five Grammy Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”
After Judd received her hepatitis diagnosis, she established the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for the American Liver Foundation.
In addition to her two daughters, Judd is survived by her second husband, Larry Strickland, who is also a singer and previously sang with Elvis Presley.
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