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Naomi Judd, member of The Judds, dies at 76


Naomi Judd, half of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds, has died after taking her own life. She was 76.

Her daughters announced her death on Saturday in a statement. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “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 Judds were scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow and start their The Final Tour in September.

The mother-daughter duo scored fourteen #1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. Arter reaching the top in Country Music, they decided called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with Hepatitis C.

The Judds’ hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990,“Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984,“Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” in 1986 and “Grandpa” in 1986.