Naomi Judd, of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, passed away on Saturday. She was 76.
Ashley Judd, the actress, confirmed her mother’s death on Twitter† She did not specify a cause of death, but said, “We lost our beautiful mother to the illness of mental illness.”
Scott Adkins, a publicist, said Ms. Judd died Saturday outside Nashville, but did not provide a more specific location.
Country music duo The Judds, consisting of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. They had just announced their latest tour — and their first together in ten years — which was set to begin in the fall.
The mother-daughter duo had 14 No. 1 singles during a career spanning three decades.
The Judds’ hits included “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” (both in 1984); “Girls’ Night Out” (1985); “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa” (both in 1986); “Unscrew It” (1988); and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990).
They have won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. They also won five Grammy Awards for hits such as “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”.
The pair stopped performing and recording in 1991 after Naomi Judd learned she had hepatitis.
Ms. Judd leaves behind her two daughters and her husband, Larry Strickland, who was a backing singer for Elvis Presley.
In a press release this month announcing the upcoming tour, Ms. Judd said she was looking forward to reconnecting with fans and singing with her daughter Wynonna.
Referring to Wynonna, Ms Judd said, “She asked me if I still wanted to joke, twist and turn. I replied, ‘Heck yeah! I’m too old to grow up now!’”
This obituary will be updated.