Naomi Judd, a member of the iconic country music duo The Judds, died at the age of 76. Many music greats honored her and sent condolences to her family, while The Judds have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after her passing.
Judd’s daughters Wynona and Ashely announced her passing in an official statement, saying they lost their “mother to the disease of mental illness”. They added they’re “shattered” and “navigating profound grief” in the face of this tragedy.
Naomi Judd formed The Judds with her daughter Wynona in 1983, and they went on to release six studio albums and won five Grammy Awards, becoming one of the most successful acts in the country’s history.
Only a day after Naomi Judd’s passing, they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, after the singer’s family agreed that the induction ceremony should continue.
“Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history… Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds’ official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Many of Judd’s fellow country stars paid tribute to the singer on social media following the news of her passing including Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Travis Tritt, and Kristin Chenoweth.