Naomi Judd has died aged 76.
The country music star – who shot to fame alongside his daughter, Wynonna, 57, as part of the duo The Judds in the 1980s – has died after a battle with ‘mental illness’.
In a statement posted to Instagram on Saturday (30.04.22), Wynonna and her sister Ashley said: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We we are broken.”
The sisters did not elaborate on the exact cause of their mother’s death, but said they were “navigating deep grief” as they said goodbye to a mother who was “loved by her audience”.
The statement continued, “We are navigating deep grief and know that as much as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”
The ‘Love Is Alive’ hitmaker is also survived by husband Larry Strickland, who said that although it’s a ‘heartbreaking time’ for the family, no further details regarding his wife’s death will be given at this time. .
He told PEOPLE: “Naomi Judd’s family requests confidentiality during this heartbreaking time. No further information will be released at this time.”
Naomi was – along with her daughter – inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2021 after selling more than 20 million records and winning five Grammy Awards during her career and the couple made their last public appearance a few weeks ago barely at the CMT Music Awards where they performed their 1990 hit “Love Will Build a Bridge” in what marked their first television appearance in 20 years.