Naomi Judd: who was Judds singer – cause of death explained

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Their daughter, Ashley Judd, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the cause of death and how the family is coping with the loss.

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A private memorial service was held for the Judd singer last weekend.

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Who was Naomi Judd?

Naomi Judd was an American singer-songwriter and was known for being one half of the mother-daughter country duo The Judds, with songs such as Mama He’s Crazy, Love Can Build a Bridge and Why Not Me?

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American country singer Naomi Judd (Image: Getty)

The 76-year-old star was born in Kentucky and had two daughters, Wynonna, who completed the Grammy-winning duo Judd, and Ashley.

The musical couple had announced their first tour in over a decade, The Final Tour, set to kick off in Michigan this September.

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Naomi has starred in a few films such as An Evergreen Christmas and Animal Attraction while producing TV documentaries about her daughters and their music.

What was Naomi Judd’s cause of death?

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Naomi Judd was “lost to the ailment of insanity” on April 30.

The news was announced in a statement by Wynonna and Ashley Judd, a day before the country music singer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Country mother-daughter duo The Judds (Image: Getty)

Ashley Judd, who appeared on Good Morning America, confirmed the cause of death was suicide and spoke of her grief.

“My mother knew she was seen and heard in fear. She was taken home,” she told host Diane Sawyer.

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Who is Ashley Judd and what else has she said on Good Morning America?

Ashley Judd, 54, is the younger of Naomi Judd’s two daughters.

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Naomi Judd and her daughter Ashley Judd at the Nashville Film Festival (Image: Getty)

The American actress and activist is known for her roles in Double Jeopardy and Heat and has recently split from Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti.

Ashley spoke to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer about her mother’s death and coping with her grief.

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She said: “When we talk about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to differentiate between our loved one and the illness.

“Mom was a star and she was someone who had a mental illness, you know, and had a lot of trouble getting off the sofa other than going into town to the Cheesecake Factory every day.

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“Our mother couldn’t hold out until her peers inducted her into the Hall of Fame. I mean, that’s the scale of the catastrophe of what was going on inside her.”

Ashley added, “She’s been very isolated in a lot of ways because of the illness, and yet a lot of people have come out for her over the years.”

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Who went to the funeral?

A private service was held in Nashville last Saturday (May 7, 2022) in memory of the Grammy Award-winning singer.

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Friends, family and fellow country singers attended the invitation-only service to commemorate Naomi Judd.

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs paid their respects to half-sisters Ashley and Wynonna at the CMA Theatre.

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