Naomi Judd, part of the Grammy-award winning country music duo The Judds, is dead at 76.
Judd’s daughters, country singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, confirmed the artist’s death in a statement on Saturday. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” they wrote in a statement. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”
Please tell me that’s not code for suicide.
Depression is a disease, and it is terminal, far more often than the doctors like to admit.
She was a beautiful woman, with a beautiful voice.
A CNN report implied the same thing.
Suicide is actually most common, per capita, among senior citizens.
I wondered that myself. That’s certainly one possible interpretation. On the other hand, something like Alzheimer’s disease is a mental illness, and it is possible to die from it.
Interview with Naomi in 2016 about “life-threatening depression.”
I lost an uncle to suicide five years ago. It’s a tsunami of a shockwave to the nearest loved ones. My uncle’s partner of 45 years will never recover.
I was a Country DJ for a few years, and the Judds were about as hot as they would ever be at that time. I’m sorry to hear this. As I recall her life story, it was rough, and she worked her way up to be a major star through talent and sheer determination.
Sad news. Complicated family. I am a fan of The Judd’s and new traditional country music in the 80’s. Urban cowboy movie kinda opened the doors to accept c&w alongside new wave and hair bands. A music lounge for every genre.
Was sad to hear this news. As XOldiesJock mentioned she had gone through a lot.
A tour had been announced for September, which would normally point away from something like that.
Yeah, I thought “suicide” as well when I heard that.
She had famously battled with Hepatitis C. If she had received bad news concerning that, I can see how that and suffering from depression could make her want to end her life.
@ThelmaLou and others, I sure hope not.
Yes she was a beautiful lady with a beautiful voice. I like their music. I’m not big into country but I do like their music. Their harmony was very enjoyable.
I’d forgotten that they sang at a Super Bowl halftime show back in 1994. That was Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. Dallas won 30-13, handing Buffalo their record-setting fourth consecutive Super Bowl loss.
Glen Campbell and Tony Bennett both toured for several years while suffering from Alzheimer’s. They remembered the music better than they remembered their families.
The recent 60 Minutes segment on Tony Bennett revealed how he remembers his music, and how when he plays he changes briefly into his old self — the showman.
It really was something to see.
I liked The Judds music. I’ve forgotten most of their hits except for Grandpa.
They typified the 80’s with shoulder pads and big hair. The Judds,Reba, Alabama and Hank Williams jr were the 80’s country superstars.
The Judds and Reba were nominated for Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 1986, 87 and 88.
Reba won in 1986 and Hank Williams Jr won in 87 and 88.
The Judds won 5 Grammy Awards.
In the 80’s I always thought Naomi was the pretty one. She was quite a woman.
She was a classic beauty. I remember being very surprised to learn that she was Wynonna’s mother. Very sad that she died that way.
Talented woman. I liked the Judds once I started liking country music and learning its history.
Naomi was a classic beauty.
From this article, The Moving Reason Why Naomi Judd Changed Her Birth Name —
It’s hard to picture Naomi Judd going by any other name, but, as it turns out, the late country legend bore a different moniker until she was in her 30s.
The singer was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky.
“I was having a time with this long name,” she recalled per Taste of Country. “Whatever I did, it gave me troubles, and I did not feel like a Ciminella (her husband’s name). I was a Judd and darned proud of it.”
At the same time, she decided to look for a new first name, too. According to Millard’s book, Naomi felt that the name Diana didn’t fit “her own spiritual, rural Kentucky conception of her true heritage.” After searching the Bible for women with stories she could relate to, she settled on Naomi.