Country icon Naomi Judd dies by suicide after long struggle with mental health: report


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Naomi Judd has died by suicide after a long-standing struggle with mental health, according to a new report.

The country legend took his own life on Saturday, multiple sources confirmed to People magazine.

A representative for Judd told Fox News Digital on Monday, “There is an investigation by law enforcement and the coroner’s office.”

Wynonna and Ashley Judd announced the death of their mother at the age of 76 on Saturday with a heartbreaking statement posted on social media.

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Naomi Judd has died by suicide after a long-standing struggle with mental health, according to a new report. The country legend took his own life on Saturday, multiple sources confirmed to People magazine.
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He said: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We’re in uncharted territory.”

Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular duos – The Judds – of the 1980s, scoring 14 No. 1 hits during their nearly three-decade career. The Judds’ hits include “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’ To the rhythm of the rain” in 1986 and “Grandfather” in 1986.

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Before her death, the Grammy Award-winning artist released a memoir that detailed her battle with mental illness.

“River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” was released in 2016 by Hachette/Center Street.

Recording artists Naomi Judd (L) and Wynonna Judd perform at the launch of their nine-show residency "Girls' night" at the Venetian Las Vegas on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Artists Naomi Judd (L) and Wynonna Judd perform during the launch of their nine-show residency ‘Girls Night Out’ at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In the book, Naomi described feeling “the weight like a rock of my severe, treatment-resistant depression and my terrifying panic attacks”. She described how a Hepatitis C diagnosis in 1990 changed his life. She said doctors gave her just three years to live after contracting the virus while working as a nurse, “before the Judds took off”. She was declared free of the disease in 1995.

Even after her recovery, Naomi continued to struggle with mental illness, writing, “I had plenty of reasons to jump out of bed every morning. I didn’t expect that just a few months after the Encore tour [in 2010] finished, I would feel like I had every reason to jump off a bridge to end my tortured existence. She also wrote that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to “traumatic events” in her life.

On Sunday, the Judds were inducted into the country Music Hall of Fame, just a day after Naomi’s unexpected death. The induction ceremony at Nashville, TNwas filled with tears, music and laughter as country music’s biggest stars mourned the loss of Naomi while honoring the four inductees.

Wynonna and Ashley accepted their late mother’s induction amid tears, holding each other and reciting a Bible verse.

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“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley said of her mother to the crowd as she cried. The sisters then recited Psalm 23.

“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” Wynonna said.

Lorraine Taylor of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report


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