LEGENDARY singer Naomi Judd passed away this weekend at age 76 after leading an iconic but tragic life, her daughters announced.
Daughters Ashley and Wynonna broke down into tears at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction where Naomi was supposed to be honored.
The musician also faced family problems as her granddaughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, has been in and out of jail since her eight-year sentence for drugs in 2016.
Her daughters released a statement on Saturday regarding her death, saying, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy.”
“We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement continued.
“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,” the statement concluded.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
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Carrie Underwood’s tribute
Country star Carrie Underwood wrote a message to honor Judd on social media saying, “Country music lost a true legend … sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today.”
During her headlining performance at Stagecoach festival on Saturday, Underwood dedicated her performance of emotional song See You Again to Judd.
What did Naomi do before she was a singer?
After Naomi split with her ex-husband Michael Ciminella, she moved to California with her daughters.
Naomi began attending nursing school at the College of Marin before she and Wynonna created The Judds.
Maren Morris saw Naomi ‘just a few short weeks ago’
Fellow country singer Maren Morris voiced her condolences, saying she was honored to see Naomi weeks ago.
How old was Naomi Judd when she died?
Naomi Judd was born in 1946.
She was 76 when she passed away.
What was Naomi’s cause of death?
In the statement released to The Associated Press, Wynonna and Ashley Judd wrote: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”
“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,” the two daughters said.
The details of Naomi’s cause of death are unclear at this time.
Ashley and Wynonna break down at induction
An emotional Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony took place on Sunday following Naomi Judd’s passing on April 30, 2022.
Daughters Ashley and Wynonna broke into tears as they emotionally accepted the induction.
“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley told the audience, The Associated Press reports.
Why did The Judds split?
The Judds actively made music from 1983 until 1991.
The two decided to split in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis C.
The duo reunited regularly after splitting for performances throughout the years.
Who were The Judds?
The Judds was a successful country duo that consisted of Naomi Judd and daughter Wynonna.
The Judds first signed a record deal in 1983 and released six studio albums before 1991.
Tragically, The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, the day after Naomi’s death was announced.
Was Naomi Judd married?
Naomi Judd was married to Michael Ciminella from 1964 to 1972.
After they split, Naomi met Larry Strickland.
The two remained together until Naomi’s death in 2022.
Who was Naomi Judd?
Naomi Judd was an award-winning singer from Kentucky.
She was a part of the duo The Judds with her daughter Wynonna.
Together, Naomi and Wynonna won five Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association (CMA) awards.
Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony
Wynonna is still expected to attend the Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville on Sunday.
However, the red carpet for the event has been canceled.
In addition to The Judds, Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers, and Pete Drake will also be inducted during the ceremony.
What did Naomi say about her depression?
The country singer wrote in her 2016 memoir that her depression was particularly bad after The Judds’ farewell tour in 2012.
“I never dealt with all the stuff that happened to me, so it came out sideways, as depression and anxiety,” Judd said in a 2017 essay for NBC News.
“Depression is partly genetic, and I have it on both sides of my family.”
Judd reportedly said that her lack of movement during her depression caused her muscles to atrophy, leading her to install an elevator in her home to help her move throughout the house.
What did Naomi say about her husband?
Naomi Judd told Closer Weekly that she had a lot in common with her husband, Larry Strickland.
“We come from common background. Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue collar,” she told the outlet.
“He worked in the tobacco fields every summer. My daddy had his own gas station and taught me the hard work ethic.
“Larry is the most humble person I’ve ever met.”
Who is Larry Strickland?
He initially started singing gospel quartets traveling and performing in different places in North Carolina.
After he served in the US Army from 1966 to 1970, he came back to perform in his home state until he was noticed by JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet.
After Larry joined their group in 1974, he started touring with Elvis Presley.
He and Naomi Judd had been married since 1989.
What was Naomi Judd’s net worth?
Before her death, Naomi Judd had an estimated net worth of approximately $25million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Her main source of wealth was from her career as a singer, songwriter, and producer.
She also earned some income as an actress and an author.
Troubled granddaughter, conclusion
The sentence was to be served on probation after completing 30 days behind bars.
Grace was released from Williamson County Detention Center on June 16, 2017 and she continued her sentence at a court-ordered drug program.
She was then sentenced to eight years at West Tennessee State Penitentiary in 2018 for breaking probation when she absconded from the 21st recovery court program.
Grace was released from prison five years early on November 8, 2019 after she was granted parole in the eight-year sentence.
Troubled granddaughter, part three
Grace’s legal trouble started when she was arrested on June 14, 2016, and pleaded guilty to meth manufacture, delivery, sale and possession with intent on May 26, 2017 in Williamson County Court in Tennessee.
She was also charged with manufacturing and delivering meth in Maury County and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of meth.
Grace had been sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, which was suspended. The Williamson County and Maury County charges ran concurrently with each other.
Troubled granddaughter, continued
Last year, The Sun exclusively revealed that Grace had been granted parole at her April 19, 2021 hearing.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole told The Sun: “The Board reached a final decision on April 22, 2021, recommending releasing her to parole supervision with post-release conditions.”
The conditions included substance abuse treatment, substance abuse aftercare referral and random drug screens.
Naomi Judd’s granddaughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, was granted parole last year for her eight-year prison sentence and had been ordered to complete treatment.
Grace, 25, had been booked on April 30, 2020 for a probation violation in her 2016 meth case, and was sentenced to eight years behind bars.
The show must go on
Though Naomi’s death was announced just one day before The Judds were slated to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame, CMHOF CEO Kyle Young said that the duo would still be honored.
“Her family has asked that we continue with the Judds’ Hall of Fame induction Sunday,” Young said Saturday in a statement on Twitter.
“We will do so, with heavy hearts.”
What happened to Naomi Judd?
Naomi Judd’s daughters announced her death in a statement provided to The Associate Press.
The statement said: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,”
“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.”
The statement did not elaborate on the details of Judd’s death.
Haunting final performance
Naomi Judd’s haunting last performance has come to light following the star’s death.
The Judds had reunited last month to perform their first awards show performance in two decades at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
At the awards show, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna performed the ballad Love Can Build a Bridge singing face-to-face on an outdoor stage in front of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The performance was taped before the April 11 broadcast with the mom and daughter duo backed by a choir in white robes.
Wynonna about the Farewell Tour
Wynonna Judd recently spoke about her experience with her mother throughout their music career in preparation for the scheduled Farewell Tour.
“Mom and I have had quite the journey over the last 38 years, and the fans have been with us through it all,” she said in a statement.
“This tour is a celebration for them!”