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Condolences are pouring in from across the music world in response to the death of country music legend Naomi Judd, who died on Saturday at the age of 76.
“This is heartbreaking news!” Country singer Travis Tritt wrote on Twitter. “Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.”
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“So very sad to hear about #NaomiJudd passed today, “wrote country singer John Rich.” I had the great honor of knowing her, and she was without a doubt one of the most iconic entertainers to ever make country music. Thinking of my good friend @Wynonna right now it is a very hard day for her and the family. #Judds. “
“Oh sweet Jesus … Naomi Judd has gone home … the day before Judds @countrymusichof induction … This is disposable news … We’re sad about what can not be fixed …, “tweeted country music group The Oak Ridge Boys’ Twitter account.
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“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of my Kentuckian friend and colleague Naomi Judd,” tweeted country singer Crystal Gayle. “Naomi was always so special to be with. She achieved so much and she will be missed and loved forever. My prayers go out to Naomi and her family.”
“We are devastated to hear of the passing of the legendary Naomi Judd and honored to have shared many unforgettable moments and performances together,” Country Music Television wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to her husband Larry, daughters Wynonna & Ashley and legions of fans around the world during this difficult time.”
“Our deepest sympathy to Wynonna and the Ashley family,” tweeted country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. “Hold fast to God’s unchanging hand Rest in peace Naomi Judd.”
Political officials have also weighed in on Judd’s death, including Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn.
“We mourn with the family of Naomi Judd over their loss of a remarkable wife, mother and friend,” Blackburn tweeted. “She was kind and encouraging to everyone who crossed her path. She will be missed.”
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Judd, mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died in Nashville on Saturday at the age of 76.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” Ashley Judd tweeted. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease mental illness. We are crushed. We navigate in deep grief and know that just as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”
Naomi and Wynonna Judd were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, and they had just announced an arena tour set to begin this fall, their first tour together in over a decade. They also returned to awards ceremonies when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.
The mother-daughter artists scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. After reaching the top of country music, they stopped in 1991, after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis C. Wynonna continued her solo career.
The Judds ‘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” Grandpa “in 1986.
The Associated Press contributed to this report