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Naomi Judd, country music star, ‘shone a light in dark corners’ about depression

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The reaction continues to flow in on the news on Saturday, April 30, 2022 that country music star Naomi Judd has passed away.

She was 76.

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In a message shared with Fox News Digital on Saturday night, Kentucky-based journalist and author Alanna Nash, who interviewed Naomi Judd for the book “Behind Closed Doors: Talking with the Legends of Country Music,” said “As a neo-traditional family act, The Judds ranks at the very top of the country music pantheon. “

Wynonna Judd (left) and Naomi Judd participate in the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

Wynonna Judd (left) and Naomi Judd participate in the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
(Photo by Jason Kempin / Getty Images for CMT)

“And like the reigning duo of the ’80s, their music is eternal,” Nash also said.

“But just as important,” she added, “is her legacy [Naomi Judd] back in acknowledging her struggles with mental illness. In brave openness, she shone with a light in dark corners and expanded our understanding of severe depression. “

And “by doing so,” Nash also said, “she helped erase the stigma.”

A longtime chronicler of pop culture, Nash is the author of five books, including “Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia” and “Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch,” which was the basis for the feature film “Close and Personal.”

Left Ashley Judd, along with mom Naomi Judd (center) and sister Wynonna Judd, at the second annual Youth AIDS Gala in New York.

Left Ashley Judd, along with mom Naomi Judd (center) and sister Wynonna Judd, at the second annual Youth AIDS Gala in New York.
(Reuters)

Naomi Judd described her struggle with depression and mental illness in her own book from 2016, “A River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope”, and to Fox News Radio also in January 2018.

“In brave openness, [Naomi Judd] shone a light in dark corners and expanded our understanding of major depression. “

“I was horrified … I did not get off the couch for about two years,” she told Fox News Radio four years ago.

Naomi Judd, left, with one of her two daughters, Ashley Judd.

Naomi Judd, left, with one of her two daughters, Ashley Judd.
(Getty Images)

Judd also said she realized she had “a very serious problem.”

On Saturday, daughter Ashley Judd shared a tweet with fans about the “tragedy” the family has just experienced.

The mother-and-daughter singing duo known as The Judds – consisting of mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna – were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this Sunday in Nashville.

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Also, Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd had just announced an arena tour that was to begin this fall – it would have been their first tour together in over a decade.

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The Judds have won dozens and dozens of awards for their musical work over the years, including the Grammy Awards.

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