Naomi Judd, a country music icon, reportedly committed suicide on Saturday, April 30 due to mental health difficulties.
Judd, who died at the age of 76, struggled with mental illness for a long period.
Ashley and Wynonna Judd, Naomi’s daughters, released an emotional message on Saturday announcing their mother’s death.
“Today was a tragic day for our sisters.” Mental illness claimed the life of our lovely mother. We’ve all broken down. “We are managing great sadness and know that she was adored by her public as much as we loved her,” the statement stated. “We’re in a foreign land.”
Larry Strickland, Naomi’s 32-year-old husband, issued the following statement:
“During this difficult period, Naomi Judd’s family requests privacy. At this time, no other information will be shared.”
According to sources, the singer committed suicide just one day before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, leaving her family distraught.
Judd had written extensively about her depression, and in an open letter published in People magazine in 2018, she even mentioned suicide.
‘For anyone grieving the loss of a loved one who took their own life, the question of why this happened is unavoidable. We don’t have any good answers,’ she wrote.
‘We do know that suicide conduct is associated with a wide range of behavioral brain illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.’ In fact, among these mental diseases, suicide is one of the major causes of preventable mortality.’
Just 24 hours after her death, her daughters sobbed during a ceremony to induct their late mother into the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of The Judds.
Ashley told the assembled crowd, ‘My mum loved you so much.’ ‘And I’m sorry she didn’t make it till today,’ she added, her eyes welling up with tears.
Wynonna Judd, Judd’s daughter, stated she had succumbed to the ‘sickness of mental illness,’ after years of performing with her in ‘The Judds.’
Over the course of their nearly three-decade career, the mother-daughter duo produced 14 No. 1 hits. They broke up in 1991 after physicians diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis, after they had risen to the top of country music.
Love Can Build a Bridge (1990), Mama He’s Crazy (1984), Why Not Me (1984), Turn It Loose (1988), Girls Night Out (1985), Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain (1986), and Grandpa (1986) were among the Judds’ hits.
The duo’s most recent performance was on April 11 at the CMT Music Awards, where they sang Love Can Build a Bridge. A gospel choir performed beside them.
They rose to prominence after performing on Ralph Emery’s morning show in early 1980, where the host dubbed them the “Soap Sisters” since Naomi claimed to have made her own soap.
They earned the Horizon Award at the 1984 CMA Awards after the popularity of ‘Mama He’s Crazy.’ ‘Slap the dog and spit in the flames!’ Naomi began her statement with.
Ashley Judd is an actress who has appeared in films such as “Kiss the Girls,” “Double Jeopardy,” and “Heat.”