Naomi Judd, Grammy Award Winner The Judds, Dies at 76

Naomi Judd, of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died Saturday. She was 76 years old.

Ashley Judd, the actress, confirmed her mother’s death on twitter. She did not specify the cause of death, but said: “We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.”

Scott Adkins, a publicist, said Judd died Saturday outside of Nashville, but did not give a more specific location.

Country music duo The Judds, formed by Naomi and Wynonna Judd, were 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 supposed to start in the fall.

The mother-daughter duo had 14 number one singles over a three-decade career.

The Judds’ hits included “Mama He’s Crazy”, “Why Not Me” (both 1984); “Girls Night Out” (1985); “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa” (both 1986); “Turn Off” (1988); and “Love can build a bridge” (1990).

They have won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. They also won five Grammy Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”

The duo stopped performing and recording in 1991 after Naomi Judd discovered she had hepatitis.

Mrs. Judd is survived by her two daughters and her husband, Larry Strickland, who was Elvis Presley’s backing singer.

In a press release this month announcing the upcoming tour, Judd said she was looking forward to reconnecting with fans and singing with her daughter Wynonna.

Referring to Wynonna, Judd said: “She asked me if I was still going to twist and turn and make jokes. I replied, ‘Of course I do! I’m too old to grow up now!’”

This obituary will be updated.

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