Died Naomi Judd, a native of Kentucky, singer of the duo The Judds, which won a Grammy, and the mother of Vainana and Ashley Judd. She was 76.
The sisters confirmed theirs death of mother on Twitter.
“Today, we sisters have experienced a tragedy,” said a statement posted from Judd’s official Twitter account. “We have lost our beautiful mother due to a mental illness. We are broken. We are experiencing deep grief and we know that as we loved her, so did the public. We are in unknown territory.
The statement did not specify the cause of death.
The Judds were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, and they have just announced that the arena tour will begin in the fall, their first joint tour in more than a decade.
The mother and daughter performers have written 14 songs number 1 over their career, which has lasted nearly three decades. After they climbed to the top of country music, in 1991 it stopped after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.
Judd’s hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990, “Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984, “Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin ‘With the Rhythm of the Rain” in 1986 and “Grandfather” in 1986.
A native of Kentucky, Naomi was working as a nurse when she and Winona began singing professionally together. Their unique harmonies along with elements of acoustic music, blues and blues set them apart in the genre of the time.
Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds released six studio albums and an EP and won nine Country Music Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. Together, they won five Grammy Awards for hits such as “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”.
The Judas sang about family, faith in marriage and the virtue of fidelity. Because Naomi looked very young, they were mistaken for sisters at the beginning of her career.
Ashley Judd’s daughter is an actor known for her roles in films such as “Kiss of the Girls”, “Double Danger” and “Heat”.
Naomi Judd also has her husband and fellow singer Larry Strickland, who was Elvis Presley’s backup.