Naomi Judd, from the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died Saturday. She was 76.
Ashley Judd, the actress, confirmed her mother’s death on Twitter. She did not specify a cause of death, but said: “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease mental illness.”
Scott Adkins, a publicist, said Judd died Saturday outside of Nashville, but that she did not provide a more specific location.
The country music duo The Judds, consisting of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. They had just announced their last tour – and their first together in a decade. It was to begin in the fall.
The mother-daughter duo had 14 No. 1 singles over a three-decade career.
The Judds’ hits included “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” (both in 1984); “Girls Night Out” (1985); “Rockin ‘With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa” (both in 1986); “Turn It Loose” (1988); and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990).
They won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. They also won five Grammy Awards for hits such as “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”.
The couple stopped performing and recording in 1991 after Naomi Judd found out she had hepatitis.
Judd leaves behind her two daughters and her husband, Larry Strickland, who was the backup singer for Elvis Presley.
In a press release this month announcing the upcoming tour, Judd said she looked forward to reconnecting with fans and singing with her daughter Wynonna.
Referring to Wynonna, Mrs Judd said: “She asked me if I still wanted to twist, spin and make jokes. I replied: ‘Damn yes! I’m too old to grow up now!'”
This obituary will be updated.