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Country star Naomi Judd dies aged 76

Naomi Judd of country music duo The Judds has died aged 76.

His daughters, singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd announced his death Saturday in a statement to The Associated Press.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness,” the statement read. “We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory. The statement did not give further details.

The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The Kentucky-born performer formed a highly successful singing duo with her daughter, known as The Judds.

The pair scored twenty top 10 hits and won five Grammy Awards.

Naomi was also a songwriter and won a Grammy for Country Song of the Year for the Judds’ hit “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

In 1991 they broke up after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, but reunited in 2000 for a tour.

Naomi’s youngest daughter, Ashley became a successful actress and activist, starring in films like ‘Double Jeopardy’ and ‘Kiss The Girls’.

In 2016, Naomi revealed that she had been battling severe depression and anxiety since she and Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.

“[Fans] seeing me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am,” she said. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pajamas and practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.

New York Post

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