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Who was Naomi Judd?

FAMILY Country duo The Judds consisted of Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna.

On Saturday April 30, 2022, it was announced that Naomi Judd had passed away at the age of 76.

Naomi Judd died in April 2022 at the age of 76

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Naomi Judd died in April 2022 at the age of 76

Who was Naomi Judd?

Naomi Judd was born on January 11, 1946 in Ashland, Kentucky.

She welcomed her first child, Wynonna, at the age of 18.

Four years later, she gave birth to their daughter, Ashley.

From 1964 to 1972, Naomi was married to Michael Ciminella.

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After their split, Naomi and her daughters moved to California.

Naomi began attending nursing school at the College of Marin before she and Wynonna teamed up to form The Judds.

She remarried Larry Strickland in 1989 and the two remained together until Naomi’s death in 2022.

Who were the Judds?

The Judds first signed a recording contract in 1983 and released six studio albums before 1991.

Naomi and Wynona Judd became a highly successful duo, winning five Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

The mother-daughter group was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2021.

Although they officially broke up in 1991, the duo have met regularly for performances over the years.

Before Naomi passed away in April, The Judds played together at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

Naomi Judd is the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, two entertainers

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Naomi Judd is the mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, two entertainersCredit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for CMT

What happened to Naomi Judd?

On Saturday April 30, 2022, Naomi Judd died at the age of 76 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Today we sisters witnessed tragedy,” Wynonna and Ashley Judd wrote in a statement released to the Associated Press.

“We lost our beautiful mother to the illness of a mental illness.”

The statement continued: “We are devastated. We are navigating deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience as we loved her.”

The daughters concluded, “We are in uncharted territory.”

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In an interview with Good Morning America that aired May 12, 2022, Ashley Judd spoke about her mother’s death and revealed that her mother died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“My mom used a gun,” Ashley said in the interview, per Variety. “That’s the information we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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