Country Star Naomi Judd Dead at 76

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Naomi Judd — the Grammy-winning country star and one half of the mom-and-daughter duo The Judds — has died … this according to her kids.

Wynonna and Ashley Judd released a statement Saturday, saying … “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. Our beautiful mother was killed by the illness of mental illness. They added, “We are devastated.” We are going through profound grief. We know that her public loved us as much as we loved her. We are in unknown territory. We were not provided with any additional information.

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NJ’s death comes as a surprise. While she has been open about her personal struggles throughout her life, including her childhood depression, no one seemed to be able to comprehend the extent of her battles.

Naomi also stated that her issues had caused her and her country-duo-daughter Wynonna to be estranged for some time. However, they had recently reconciled and were due to hit the road this year for an arena tour around the country — the first since over a decade.

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Plus, Wynonna & Naomi were supposed to appear together on Sunday as inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony. This is why the timing of this tragedy is so shocking.

The Judds first formed in 1983 and had a massively successful career for about a decade thereafter — during which they cranked out six studio albums, over 20 hit singles (many of which charted in the Top 10 and higher) … and won 5 Grammys between ’85 and ’92.

Some songs that stand out include “Love Can Build a Bridge,””Grandpa,”,”Young Love,”,”Grandpa,”,”Young Love,”,”Let Me Tell You About Love,” and “Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues.”

The group disbanded in the ’90s, during which each woman ventured out solo into their respective careers … and Naomi even dabbled in television with one-off appearances, either as a side character or herself … and eventually got into movies as well.

She has appeared in hit series such as “Frasier,”” “3rd Rock From the Sun,”,” “Touched by an Angel,” and “Sisters.” Naomi has also appeared in hit series like “Frasier,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Sisters,” and “Maybe It’s Me.”

BTW. Ashley had her mom appear in at least one film with her… so they were clearly close. Naomi’s survived by her husband, Larry Strickland, and her celebrity daughters.

She was 76.

RIP

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