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Naomi Judd, a country music legend, has died at the age of 76.


Naomi Judd, a country music legend, has died at the age of 76.

Naomi Judd died on April 30, according to her daughters Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd. The country music legend died at the age of 76.

The world of country music has lost a legend.

Naomi Judd, a member of the Grammy-winning group The Judds, passed away recently. She was 76 years old at the time. On April 30, her daughters, singer Wynonna Judd, 57, and actress Ashley Judd, 54, confirmed her death.

“We had a tragedy today as sisters. We had to say goodbye to our lovely mother due to a mental illness “read the statement put on Ashley’s social media by the siblings. “We’re completely shattered. We’re dealing with a lot of loss right now, but we know that as much as we loved her, so did the rest of the world. We’re in an uncharted area.”

Larry Strickland, a fellow vocalist who used to sing backup for Elvis Presley, is also Naomi’s spouse. Next week would have been the couple’s 33rd wedding anniversary.

Naomi died on May 1, just one day before The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On April 11, the duo announced that they will embark on their farewell tour in September, which will be their first since 2011. The Judds also appeared onstage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards on the same day.

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Naomi had been forthright about her personal difficulties. She began a three-year battle with severe treatment-resistant depression and anxiety after ending the Judds’ last tour in 2011. River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope, her 2016 memoir, detailed her ordeal.

Naomi was born in Kentucky and worked as an intensive care unit nurse, a vocation she was encouraged to pursue when her brother died of Hodgkin’s cancer at the age of 17. The Judds won five Grammys for their hits “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” “Give A Little Love,” and “Love Can Build A Bridge,” which she began her music career in the 1980s.

Naomi announced her retirement in 1990, explaining that she had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which she caught while working as a nurse through an infected needle.

According to The Daily Record newspaper in Morris County, NJ, she remarked at an event at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey in 2016: “When I was told I had Hepatitis C, I was on top of the world, selling out arenas.” “After that, I was told I only had three years to live.”

She disclosed in a 2014 Everyday Health piece that she was declared Hepatitis C-free by a doctor in 1995.

“I recall receiving the call while staying in a hotel in New York City with my actor daughter Ashley,” she said. “Ashley and I both started crying when [the doctor] told me I was entirely cured of the virus, and his voice had a catch in it. Ashley and I walked down the street in New York City to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where we expressed our gratitude to God for such a remarkable recovery.”