In Memoriam: Naomi Judd, 1946-2022

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Naomi Judd

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Naomi Judd of country music fame died on April 30, 2022. The Judds were scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley said, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” They add, “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.”

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Wynonna Judd, left, and her mother, Naomi, perform during the Country Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 9, 1989. The Judds took home the award for duo of the year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Country music singer Naomi Judd arrives at at a garden party in honor of Maya Angelou Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

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Singer Naomi Judd of the music duo The Judds performs at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, May 3, 2008. This is the first time The Judds have performed together in over 7 years. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

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Country music star Naomi Judd, national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation, appears at a luncheon to discuss hepatitis research, Monday Feb. 23, 1998 on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)

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Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd of The Judds perform “Let Me Tell You About Love” at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Ashley Judd, right, and her mother Naomi Judd arrive at the LA premiere of “Olympus Has Fallen” at the ArcLight Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Presenters Diamond Rio clown around with Naomi Judd backstage at the 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Wednesday, April 24, 1996 in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Presenter Naomi Judd flaunts for the cameras at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Universal City, Calif., Wednesday, May 5, 1999. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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Wynonna Judd, left and mother Naomi, right, pose on the set before a taping of Naomi Judd’sl television show, “Naomi New Morning” at Metropolis Studios in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. The mother and daughter rarely make appearances together. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

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Conrad Bachman and Naomi Judd attend Naomi Judd ‘s induction into the Kentucky Legends Hall of Fame at Down One Bourbon Bar on October 12, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)

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Naomi Judd attends her induction into the Kentucky Legends Hall of Fame at Down One Bourbon Bar on October 12, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)

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Country music performers Tracy Lawrence, left, and Naomi Judd pose together at the “Academy of Country Music Nominees Past, Present and Future” press luncheon, Tuesday, April 23, 1996, in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Naomi Judd, left, and Ashley Judd arrive at the LA premiere of “Olympus Has Fallen” at the ArcLight Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Clint Black and Tanya Tucker and Travis Tritt along with Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd perform during halftime of Super Bowl XXVIII between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports

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Wynonna Judd (left) hugs her mother Naomi Judd after performing during the Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show at the Georgia Dome. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30-13. Mandatory Credit: James D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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Recording artists Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd perform during the Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show at the Georgia Dome. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30-13. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

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Mother Naomi Judd holds the microphone for daughter Wynonna who is getting ready to be named the winner of the Horizon award during the nationally televised 22nd annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House Oct. 10, 1988. (USAT Photo)

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In a emotional farewell, Wynonna, left, and Naomi Judd accept their eighth consecutive CMA award Oct. 2, 1991. The Judds won Vocal Duo of the Year at the 25th annual CMA awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House. (AP Photo)

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U.S. President George Bush acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as he enters a rally 02 November 1992 on the eve of the 1992 presidential election in Texas. President Bush trails Democratic candidate Bill Clinton in pre-election polls. Behind Bush on the podium are singer Naomi Judd (L), actor Charlton heston (2ndR), and comedian Bob Hope (R). (EUGENE GARCIA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Blue team captain Lee Greenwood lets his disk fly in the record throw event during the third annual All American Country Games at Vanderbilt Stadium on June 9, 1984. Team member Naomi Judd, right, looks on. Mandatory Credit: Greg Lovett/The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK

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Blue team captain Lee Greenwood, right, goes over the event list with teammate Naomi Judd during the third annual All American Country Games at Vanderbilt Stadium on June 9, 1984. Mandatory Credit: Greg Lovett/The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK

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Wynona and Naomi Judd arrive for the CMT Music Awards at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 11, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY NETWORK

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