Naomi Judd: Country music stars react to Grammy-winning singer’s death at 76

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The country music world is mourning the loss of one of its beloved performers.

Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, died at the age of 76. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the statement read. “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 matriarch died near Nashville, according to a statement from husband and fellow singer Larry Strickland. It said no further details about her death would be released and asked for privacy as the family grieves.

Tributes for the star immediately poured in on social media following the announcement.

“Country music lost a true legend,” Carrie Underwood tweeted. “Sing with the angels Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…”

“So very sad to hear of #NaomiJudd passing today,” wrote John Rich. “I had the great honor of knowing her, and she was no doubt one of the most iconic entertainers ever to make country music. Thinking of my good friend @Wynonna right now, this is a very tough day for her and the family. #TheJudds.”

“This is heartbreaking news!” shared Travis Tritt. “Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

 


“Sending our love and prayers to Wynonna and Ashley and the entire Judd family,” tweeted Tim McGraw. “We grieve with you and so many others.”

“I have so many memories with Naomi Judd — from our early years on stage around the country, awards shows to recent neighborly encounters at church or around our town of Franklin,” wrote Lee Greenwood. “I am speechless & so sad! My prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley & the rest of her family. God bless you.”

“So sad at the loss of my friend and music legend @TheNaomiJudd,” tweeted Billy Ray Cyrus. “My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. As a fellow Kentuckian my hats off in honor of the legacy of music she shared with the world and the doors she opened for so many others like me.”

“Naomi Judd — so sad to hear this news,” Cole Swindell wrote. “Thinking of all of her family & friends. Tough day for country music.”

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