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Naomi Judd cause of death LATEST – Inside tragic life of singer from struggle with depression to troubled granddaughter

Naomi Judd cause of death LATEST – Inside tragic life of singer from struggle with depression to troubled granddaughter

LEGENDARY singer Naomi Judd passed away this weekend at age 76 and her cause of death has been revealed.

Judd died by suicide on Saturday after years of mental health struggles, PEOPLE reported citing sources.

The country singer, half of the famous duo The Judds, battled with depression throughout most of her life and detailed her struggle with mental health in a heartbreaking interview before her death.

The musician also faced family problems as her granddaughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, has been in and out of jail since her eight-year sentence for drugs in 2016.

Daughters Ashley and Wynonna broke down into tears at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction where Naomi was supposed to be honored on May 1 after releasing a statement confirming her passing.

Her daughters released a statement on Saturday regarding her death, saying, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered.”

Read our Naomi Judd live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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.

  • Saying goodbye

    Wynonna Judd said Naomi Judd passed away at 2.20 PM, and that she kissed her mother “on the forehead and walked away,” The Tennessean reported.

    She also said the last act she, Ashley, and other family members did together was to pray the Bible’s 23rd Psalm.

  • County Music Hall of Fame, part two

    “Wynonna was the lead singer with a husky, expressive voice, who could growl with bluesy intensity or articulate heartache with tender sensitive,” The County Music Hall of Fame explained.

    “Naomi provided harmony, wit, and a sashaying stage presence that engaged audiences.”

    “Between 1984 and 1991, the Judds scored a remarkable twenty Top Ten hits—including fourteen #1s. They also won five Grammys, nine CMA awards, and seven ACM awards.”

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

    The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

    The organization explained the decision to induct the duo on its website saying, “The Judds helped take country back to its roots in the 1980s with lean, tuneful songs influenced by traditional folk music, acoustic blues, and family harmony acts.”

  • What did Naomi do before she was a singer?

    After Naomi split with her ex-husband Michael Ciminella, she moved to California with her daughters.

    Naomi began attending nursing school at the College of Marin before she and Wynonna created The Judds.

  • How old was Naomi Judd when she died?

    Naomi Judd was born in 1946.

    She was 76 when she passed away.

  • Naomi’s struggle with depression, part three

    “I realized it wasn’t just sadness,” Naomi said describing her mental health struggle.

    “It’s so horrific you can’t even think about another day.”

    Naomi Judd published a book in 2017 titled “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.”

    She described the book to TODAY as “a survivor’s manual on how to survive depression and anxiety.”

  • Naomi’s struggle with depression, continued

    Naomi Judd said that she was “immobilized” by mental illness at one point.

    “That’s how bad it can get,” she said.

    “It’s hard to describe. You go down in this deep, dark hole of depression and you don’t think that there’s another minute.”

  • Naomi’s struggle with depression

    Naomi Judd suffered severely from depression.

    In 2017, Judd told TODAY that at one point “I didn’t get off my couch for two years.”

    “I was so depressed that I couldn’t move. My husband and my girlfriends and Ashley would come over and I would just go upstairs and lock the door to my bedroom.”

  • Carrie Underwood’s tribute, continued

    “This next song goes out to everybody who has ever lost someone that they loved, which is everybody,” Underwood said before her emotional performance, according to Music Mayhem.

    “I feel like that one of the few human experiences that we all share, but just because the people that we love are not here with us does not mean that they are not here with us and that does not mean that you will not see them again someday.

    “If you guys are thinking about anybody, I want you to get your phones out, get a lighter out, anything that shines light, let’s light up this place in memory of all those that we miss.

    “I know all of country music will be lighting something up for Ms. Naomi Judd.”

  • Carrie Underwood’s tribute

    Country star Carrie Underwood wrote a message to honor Judd on social media saying, “Country music lost a true legend … sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today.”

    During her headlining performance at Stagecoach festival on Saturday, Underwood dedicated her performance of emotional song See You Again to Judd.

  • Naomi died by suicide

    Naomi Judd took her own life on Saturday following a battle with severe depression, multiple sources told People.

    A rep for Judd told Fox News Digital that “there is an investigation by law enforcement and the coroner’s office.”

  • Maren Morris saw Naomi ‘just a few short weeks ago’

    Fellow country singer Maren Morris voiced her condolences, saying she was honored to see Naomi weeks ago.

  • Ashley Judd’s recent accident, continued

    Along with a series of pictures of the hospital nurses, videos of her trying to walk after surgery, and a snap of her dad, she shared a lengthy message: “Dear Friends, Ubuntu. I am because we are.

    “I want to give my deepest and most vulnerable thanks to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, for making split-second decisions upon my arrival. I arrived to them from DRC in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse,” she revealed.

    She concluded her lengthy post, saying: “I’m very thankful to all of the experts, including that expert pictured, my Pop, who is rubbing my foot to remind my foot while it still cannot move that it is connected to my body. I am up and around already.”

  • Ashley Judd’s recent accident

    In April of last year, Ashley Judd revealed that she almost lost her leg after a terrible fall in the Congo rainforest.

    She said her leg had “no pulse” and “desperately needed a blood transfusion” after a 55-hour rescue in Congo.

    The actress said that she shattered her leg after falling over a tree.

  • Where is Naomi Judd from?

    Naomi was born in Ashland, Kentucky, in 1946.

  • Ashley and Wynonna break down at induction

    An emotional Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony took place on Sunday following Naomi Judd’s passing on April 30, 2022.

    Daughters Ashley and Wynonna broke into tears as they emotionally accepted the induction.

    “I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley told the audience, The Associated Press reports.

  • Bill Anderson’s statement, continued

    “I asked her to identify herself for the audience and she said, ‘My name is Naomi Judd and I am a nurse from Franklin, Tennessee. My daughter and I sing together, and someday we hope to make it in country music.'”

    “I was looking so forward to recalling that moment with her on Sunday when she and Wynonna were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

    “She was one of a kind and will certainly be missed.”

  • Bill Anderson issues statement

    The country star issued a statement, paying tribute to Naomi Judd:

    “I am shocked and saddened along with the rest of our country music community over the passing of Naomi Judd,” he wrote.

    “I’ll never forget meeting her for the first time when she was a contestant on a TV game show I was hosting.”

  • Loni Love pays tribute

    The comedian shared a memory she had with Naomi Judd on the television show, Star Search.

    “Back in 2003 Naomi Judd was a judge on Star search.. she gave me a perfect score and that changed my life..” she wrote.

    “Thank you Ms. Judd. She was a lovely woman and now the world is a little less bright without her.”

    “Condolences to her family and fans. Especially Wynonna and Ashley.”

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares resources

    As it has been revealed that Naomi Judd struggled with depression, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has shared several resources.

    “As a society, we must do better to share hope, support those struggling and tell the stories of those with lived experience that show it’s possible to thrive,” the organization said in a tweet.

  • Sen Marsha Blackburn: ‘She will be missed’

    US Senator Marsha Blackburn has also taken to Twitter to express her grief over Naomi Judd’s death.

    “We grieve with the family of Naomi Judd on their loss of a remarkable wife, mother and friend,” she wrote.

    “She was kind and encouraging to everyone who crossed her path.”

    “She will be missed.”

  • Crystal Gayle mourns Naomi Judd

    “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and fellow Kentuckian, Naomi Judd,” the country singer wrote on Twitter.

    “Naomi was always so special to be with.”

    She accomplished so much and she will be missed and loved forever.”

    “My prayers go out to Naomi and her family.”

  • Loretta Lynn pays tribute

    “My fellow Kentucky girl, my friend, and an amazing singer,” the country singer wrote on Twitter.

    “There are no words. Please pray for Wynonna, Ashley, Larry, and grandchildren.”

    “Heartbroken. Sending all my love.”

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

    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.

  • The Oakridge Boys: ‘saddened beyond words’

    The music group took to Twitter to mourn Naomi Judd’s sudden death.


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