Naomi Judd Passes Away At 76 Of Mental Illness
Naomi Judd passed away on Saturday April 30th at age 76. On Monday, multiple sources told People that she had killed herself. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced it in a statement that said they lost her to “the disease of mental illness.” The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame yesterday, which did still happen after the family said that’s what they wanted. “I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most,” a tearful Wynonna told the audience at the Nashville ceremony. “I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed.”
Just a few weeks ago, in what would be their final public performance, The Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, appeared on the CMT Music Awards. They were backed by a gospel choir and sang their hit “Love Can Build A Bridge.” It was their first performance on an awards show in more than 20 years.