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Naomi Judd, from the Grammy-winning duo The Judds, dies at the age of 76

The Judds, country singer Naomi Judd (L) and her daughter, musician and singer Wynonna Judd, perform on stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 2000.

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Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer from the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died. She was 76.

The daughters announced her death Saturday in a statement to the Associated Press.

“Today, we sisters have experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease mental illness,” the statement said. “We are crushed. We navigate in deep grief and know that when we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in unknown territory.” The opinion did not elaborate further.

The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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.

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.

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