LEGENDARY singer Naomi Judd passed away this weekend at age 76 after leading an iconic but tragic life, her daughters announced.
Daughters Ashley and Wynonna broke down into tears at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction where Naomi was supposed to be honored.
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.
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. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory,” the statement concluded.
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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.”
Granddaughter won’t be released
However, Grace, 25, was arrested on August 28, 2021, for a probation violation and was held in Williamson County Jail in Tennessee.
With funeral services set to take place on Monday, The Sun can exclusively reveal Naomi’s granddaughter will not be in attendance.
A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections exclusively confirmed to The Sun that Grace has not been released from the prison following the family death.
Inmates may be released for funeral services on a case-by-case basis.
Troubled granddaughter, conclusion
The sentence was to be served on probation after completing 30 days behind bars.
Grace was released from Williamson County Detention Center on June 16, 2017 and she continued her sentence at a court-ordered drug program.
She was then sentenced to eight years at West Tennessee State Penitentiary in 2018 for breaking probation when she absconded from the 21st recovery court program.
Grace was released from prison five years early on November 8, 2019 after she was granted parole in the eight-year sentence.
Troubled granddaughter, part three
Grace’s legal trouble started when she was arrested on June 14, 2016, and pleaded guilty to meth manufacture, delivery, sale and possession with intent on May 26, 2017 in Williamson County Court in Tennessee.
She was also charged with manufacturing and delivering meth in Maury County and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of meth.
Grace had been sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, which was suspended. The Williamson County and Maury County charges ran concurrently with each other.
Troubled granddaughter, continued
Last year, The Sun exclusively revealed that Grace had been granted parole at her April 19, 2021 hearing.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole told The Sun: “The Board reached a final decision on April 22, 2021, recommending releasing her to parole supervision with post-release conditions.”
The conditions included substance abuse treatment, substance abuse aftercare referral, and random drug screens.
Naomi Judd’s granddaughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, was granted parole last year for her eight-year prison sentence and had been ordered to complete treatment.
Grace, 25, had been booked on April 30, 2020 for a probation violation in her 2016 meth case, and was sentenced to eight years behind bars.
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 has 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.”
Were The Judds sisters?
When The Judds first rose to fame, they were mistaken for sisters because Naomi looked so young.
In reality, the duo consisted of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna.
What was Naomi’s cause of death?
In the statement released to The Associated Press, Wynonna and Ashley Judd wrote: “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,” the two daughters said.
The details of Naomi’s cause of death are unclear at this time.
How old was Naomi Judd when she died?
Naomi Judd was born in 1946.
She was 76 when she passed away.
Who is Ashley Judd?
Ashley Judd is an actress and is one of Naomi’s two daughters.
She achieved fame during the 1990s after starring in a slew of noteworthy films.
She appeared alongside Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer in the 1995 drama motion picture, Heat.
Ashley’s filmography also includes Kiss the Girls, Where the Heart Is, Dolphin Tale, and A Time to Kill.
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.
‘Looking forward to seeing your sweet faces’
In Wynonna Judd’s tragic Instagram post, she said she was excited to see the “sweet faces” of fans when she and now passed Naomi were going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Naomi’s heartbreaking final post
In one of her final Instagram posts, Naomi Judd wrote about how her family’s “lives were changed forever.”
“I think The Judds: Dream Chasers exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is remarkable and reminds everyone to hold onto moments from their own life,” Judd’s caption says.
“We live in such a digital age, but report cards, handwritten notes and awards, even if it’s a sports trophy from school, are important to hold onto. It’s our history.
“Our lives were changed forever when we signed to RCA Records and we’re incredibly thankful for the Hall of Fame to tell our story through these items.”
Fans were spotted outside The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, where a white floral bouquet and photo of Naomi was placed.
Wynonna and Ashley in tears at induction
Naomi Judd’s daughters broke down in tears at her induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
Wynonna and Ashley Judd accepted the induction with tears in their eyes and spoke to the crowd, reciting Bible verse Psalm 23 and holding onto each other closely.
“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley told the audience.
‘My heart is broken’
When The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, Wynonna Judd addressed the passing of her mother Naomi.
Wynonna spoke for roughly four minutes, according to The Tennessean.
“It’s a strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed…But though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” she said.
Who were The Judds?
The Judds was a successful country duo that consisted of Naomi Judd and daughter Wynonna.
The Judds first signed a record deal in 1983 and released six studio albums before 1991.
Tragically, The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, the day after Naomi’s death was announced.
Was Naomi Judd married?
Naomi Judd was married to Michael Ciminella from 1964 to 1972.
After they split, Naomi met Larry Strickland.
The two remained together until Naomi’s death in 2022.
Who was Naomi Judd?
Naomi Judd was an award-winning singer from Kentucky.
She was a part of the duo The Judds with her daughter Wynonna.
Together, Naomi and Wynonna won five Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association (CMA) awards.
Haunting final performance
Naomi Judd’s haunting last performance has come to light following the star’s death.
The Judds had reunited last month to perform their first awards show performance in two decades at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
At the awards show, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna performed the ballad Love Can Build a Bridge singing face-to-face on an outdoor stage in front of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The performance was taped before the April 11 broadcast with the mom and daughter duo backed by a choir in white robes.
‘Too old to grow up now’
“The fans have always been my family of choice,” Naomi Judd had said in a statement about the scheduled tour.
“I love them dearly, so I’m chompin’ at the bit to belt out our hits and reconnect with them once again.
“The cherry on top is singing with my beloved, wild, and extremely talented daughter… the best singer of any genre, Wynonna!
“She asked me if I was still going to twist, twirl and crack jokes. I answered, ’Heck yeah! I’m too old to grow up now!'”