Saturday, April 13, 2024

Famed Country Singer Naomi Judd Dead, Daughters Say, from “Mental Illness”: “We are in unknown territory”


This is really a tragedy.

Famed country singer Naomi Judd, famous in her own right and as mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died at age 76.

Her daughters issued a statement saying they’d lost her to “mental illness,” which suggests Naomi took her own life. She and Wynonna were due to be inducted into the Country Hall of Fame tomorrow for their careers as mother-daughter stars, and were also set to go on tour. The appeared less than three weeks ago on the Country Music Awards together and performed for the first time in recent memory (see below).

Naomi Judd has suffered from depression her whole life. For many years she and Wynonna were estranged for various reasons but the mother’s struggles remained in the forefront.

Condolences to the Judds and all their fans.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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