She was 76.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are devastated,” Ashley Judd said in a statement on Twitter. Ashley Judd’s publicist confirmed the statement to DailyExpertNews.
“We are going through a deep sadness and know that as we loved her, she was also loved by her audience,” the statement added. “We are in uncharted territory.”
Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s, eventually producing a string of big hits, including “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build a Bridge”, selling over 20 million plates.
The younger daughter Ashley Judd later became a celebrity as an actress.
The Judds completed what had been billed as a farewell tour in 2011, but announced a 10-date “Final Tour” earlier this year that would begin in September.
They performed together in public for the first time in years at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.
After the birth of her two daughters, the family moved to Tennessee, where Naomi Judd worked as a nurse. In 1980, she began pursuing a music career for her and Wynonna, appearing on a local morning show, according to the website.
Their first single, “Had a Dream (For the Heart),”, released in 1983, reached number 17 on the Billboard country chart. Their next single, “Mama He’s Crazy,” became the number 1 song on country radio, according to the website, and won The Judds their first Grammy in 1984.
The Country Music Hall of Fame described their music as “characterized by distinctive harmonies,” featuring “powerful” lead vocals and acoustic accompaniments incorporating elements of “traditional folk, blues, and family harmony.”
In the same year, she wrote a book called “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” explaining her struggles.
Following news of her death, artists including country stars Carrie Underwood and Travis Tritt shared tributes on social media.
Lisa Respers France of DailyExpertNews contributed to this report.