THE ENTERTAINMENT world was shocked when it was announced that Naomi Judd had passed away at the age of 76.
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What was Naomi Judd’s cause of death?
In a joint statement to the Associated Press, her daughters said: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”
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“We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public,” they continued.
Wynonna and Ashley concluded their unfortunate reveal and said: “We are in unknown territory.”
The country hitmaker passed away a day before she and her eldest daughter were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but the sisters still attended the ceremony in their mother’s honor.
After accepting The Judds’ induction, Ashley told the crowd: “My mama loved you all so much. She appreciated your love for her and I’m sorry she couldn’t hang on until today.”
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It was later revealed on May 12, 2022, that Naomi died of a self-inflicted firearm wound.
Ashley confirmed the tragedy during an appearance on Good Morning American while speaking with Diane Sawyer about her mother’s passing.
“She used a weapon…my mother used a firearm,” Ashley told Sawyer at the time, per Variety.
“So that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that if we don’t say it someone else is going to.”
What have people said about Naomi Judd’s death?
For weeks fans and colleagues have been mourning her loss and posting tributes on social media.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re 76 like Naomi Judd, or 16 like Kailia Posey. Mental health issues are REAL, and suicide affects us all,” one fan tweeted. “We have got to step up our mental healthcare in this country. Rip.”
APNaomi’s daughters confirmed she died after battling mental health issues[/caption]
“On the other side of the world in Manchester tonight they were all singing ‘Love Can Build A Bridge.’ Thank you Naomi. We love you.”
Was Naomi Judd married?
After serving in the military from 1966 to 1970, Larry joined the Stamps Quartet and started touring with Elvis Presley, later marrying Naomi.
“We come from common backgrounds,” she told the media outlet. “Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue-collar.
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“He worked in the tobacco fields every summer, my daddy had his own gas station and taught me the hard-work ethic. Larry is the most humble person I’ve ever met,” she continued.
She then went on to joke that they were going to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by possibly going to Red Lobster because she was “tired of Cracker Barrel.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.