Naomi Judd died by suicide after long illness: report

Naomi Judd, one half of legendary country music duo The Judds, reportedly died by suicide after years of struggling with mental illness.

Naomi’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley said they lost their mother to “the disease of mental illness” in a statement released on Saturday.

On Monday, multiple sources told People that the 76-year-old country music icon killed herself. No further information was given.

The Post has reached out to representatives of the singers for comment.

Larry Strickland, Naomi’s husband of 32 years, also spoke earlier. “Naomi Judd’s family is asking for privacy at this heartbreaking time. No further information will be released at this time,” he said.

Naomi and Wynonna, 57, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably do the most talking,” a tearful Wynonna told the audience at the Nashville ceremony. “I’m doing this quickly because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed.”

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Naomi Judd died on Saturday at the age of 76.
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“I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through to this day,” a tearful Ashley said, adding, “although this is so much about the Judds as a duo, I want to take a moment to thank my sister, a GOAT , to recognize. ”

Earlier last month, Naomi and Wynonna announced they were reuniting for a celebratory final tour, set to kick off in September.

“Even though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” Wynonna said on Sunday.

Naomi has been open about her mental health issues in the past. In 2016, she revealed her struggles with “extreme” and “major depression” that kept her housebound on Good Morning America.

“[Fans] See me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am,” she told presenter Robin Roberts at the time. “But then I came home and didn’t leave the house for three weeks, didn’t take off my pajamas, and didn’t practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”

“When I got off tour, I went into this deep, dark, absolutely terrifying hole and I couldn’t get out,” she continued. “I spent two years on my couch.” The country music icon went on to share that she considered suicide on a bridge near her farm.

In 2016, Naomi wrote a book titled River of Time: My Descent into Depression and Emerging with Hope to publicize her diagnosis and let people know that mental illness is “not a character flaw, but a stinking mistake” is sickness.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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