Sisters Ashley and Wynonna Judd announced the death of their beloved mother, Naomi Judd in a statement released to social media Saturday, citing ‘mental illness’ as the cause of her death.
Judd is set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, but passed before being able to accept the honor.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” Ashley Judd said in the statement. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public,” she added. “We are in unknown territory.”
Judd openly shared her struggle with “severe, medically resistant depression and anxiety,” in an appearance on “Good Morning America” in 2016.
“My face is all swollen from the medication that I’m on,” she said, adding that she had previously contemplated suicide. Judd also discussed her time in psychiatric wards and her attempts to overcome depression with the use of medication and electroconvulsive therapy
“When people meet me they think, ’cause they see me in rhinestones, with glitter in my hair, that’s really is who I am. I’m sort of a fantasy because I want to provide that for them, but then I would come home, and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene,” she said. “It was really bad,” she painfully admitted.
Naomi and her eldest daughter Wynonna began singing as a professional duo in the 1980s and went on to sell more than 20 million records. They were recognized for hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
Earlier this month, after being out of the spotlight for several years, Wynonna and Naomi performed together at the CMT Music Awards. Naomi was planning to launch a 10-date tour this September.