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On Saturday April 30th, Wynonna Judd and her sister, actress Ashley Judd announced on social media that their beloved mother, Naomi Judd, had passed away. As most know, Wynonna and Naomi make up award-winning mother-daughter country duo The Judds.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. 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,” their joint statement read.
Naomi’s death comes almost three weeks after Naomi and Wynonna’s first televised performance in almost 20 years at the CMT Music Awards. They performed their hit song “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
On April 11th, the Grammy-winning duo announced their Final Tour, with supporting act Martina McBride, beginning on September 30th.
Sadly, they will not be able to go on this tour together and their April 11th performance at the CMT Music Awards will go down in history as their last performance together.
Naomi’s death also came one day before The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame’s CEO Kyle Young released a statement late Saturday night (April 30) revealing the fate of the ceremony. The statement read:
“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joins family and fans in grieving the sudden loss of Naomi Judd. Following the wishes of the Judd family, the museum will move forward with the Medallion Ceremony on Sunday, May 1, with Wynonna planning on being in attendance.”
While the ceremony will move forward as planned, the public red carpet has been cancelled. We can’t imagine how emotional the ceremony will be. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wynonna, Ashley, and Naomi’s husband of 30 years, Larry Strickland.