Country Music Artists React to Naomi Judd’s Death


The country music community is grieving the loss of icon Naomi Judd, a beloved member of the genre and mother-daughter duo, The Judds.

Late Saturday afternoon (April 30), daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd shared a statement with The Associated Press regarding their mother’s death.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement read. “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.”

Her husband Larry Strickland released a statement saying the 76-year-old country legend passed away near Nashville, Tennessee. The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (May 1), and they previously announced their first arena tour in over a decade. The mother-daughter group was set to hit the road fall of 2022 alongside Martina McBride.

In 2016, the five-time Grammy-award winner spoke out about her battle with mental illness with PEOPLE. The singer-songwriter declared that she struggled with anxiety and depression.

“Nobody can understand it unless you’ve been there,” the artist once told the publication. “Think of your very worst day of your whole life – someone passed away, you lost your job, you found out you were being betrayed, that your child had a rare disease – you can take all of those at once and put them together, and that’s what depression feels like.”

The late vocalist sparked a conversation around mental health in her reflective memoir “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.” Naomi and Wynonna appeared at the 2022 CMT Music Awards earlier this month and performed their chart-topping track, “Love Can Build a Bridge.” The memorable act, serves as Naomi Judd’s final appearance in the public eye.

Naomi Judd was a vital part of the country community, and now artists and devoted fans are honoring the late superstar.

Loretta Lynn: “I’m just heartbroken over the loss of @thenaomijudd. My fellow Kentucky girl, my friend, and an amazing singer. There are no words. Please pray for Wynonna, Ashley, Larry, and grandchildren. Heartbroken. Sending all my love.”

Tenille Arts: “What a profound loss. A trailblazer who was so vocal about mental health awareness and changed the world with her music. You will be so missed, Naomi. Sending all of my love to Wynonna, Ashley, and all of her loved ones. 💔”

Maren Morris: “Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few short weeks ago.”

Mickey Guyton: “Rest in power Naomi Judd.”

Cole Swindell: “Naomi Judd 😔 so sad to hear this news. Thinking of all of her family & friends. Tough day for country music.”

Carrie Underwood: “Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…”

Cody Alan: “My heart is sinking over the loss today of Naomi Judd at 76. She was a talented lady, and one of a kind, making The Judds iconic in every sense of the word. This pic was taken just a few weeks ago😢 ”

Amanda Shires: “Deepest sympathies @AshleyJudd and @Wynonna. Rest easy, Naomi Judd.”

Travis Treitt: “This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to her family.”

Bobby Bones: “RIP Naomi Judd. My mom taught me seemingly every one of your songs. She’d sing them often and loud. You left Country Music better than you found it.”

Terri Clark: “I’m shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of Naomi Judd. She & @Wynonna inspired an entire generation to chase their dreams & make them happen. Their music has been & will always be the standard. My prayers go out to the entire family as they navigate through this tragic time.”

Crystal Gayle: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and fellow Kentuckian, Naomi Judd. 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.❤️🙏🏻❤️”

Larry Gatlin: “There’s style and there’s class. Very few people have both. Naomi Judd was one of those very few people. I loved her and I miss her. My condolencs to Wynnona, Ashley, Larry and family.”

Ricky Skaggs: “I was thinking about Sunday’s Hall of Fame induction for The Judds and how excited they must be feeling when I received the news about Naomi’s passing. It hit me so hard, and I could hardly believe it. I told my wife Sharon and she burst into tears. All we could think about was Wynonna and Ashley. I’ve known them all for so long. It’s heartbreaking. Pray for their loss. Another sad day for Country Music.”

Carly Pearce: “Naomi Judd, like “Grandpa,” told me about, the good old days in country music and living…She was a beacon of glamour, fun and keeping it real. And now… She’s in heaven AND the Country Music Hall of Fame! Thanks for showing a Kentucky girl how to make dreams come true.”

Billy Ray Cyrus: “So sad at the loss of my friend and music legend @TheNaomiJudd. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. As a fellow Kentuckian my hats off in honor of the legacy of music she shared with the world and the doors she opened for so many others like me.”

Tanya Tucker: “Say it isn’t so. Cannot believe my girlfriend and longtime buddy Naomi is gone. We’ve known each other for years and she always treated me with class, grace and pure kindness. I’m going to miss her so much.”

Bill Anderson: “I am shocked and saddened along with the rest of our country music community over the passing of Naomi Judd. I’ll never forget meeting her for the first time when she was a contestant on a TV game show I was hosting. 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.”

Trisha Yearwood: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Naomi Judd. My heart goes out to her family during this extremely difficult time. Country music will never be the same. Love one another. ❤️”

David and Howard Bellamy: “Our prayers go out to Naomi’s husband, daughters, family, friends, and fans. We, like everyone who knew her, are devastated by the news of her passing. We will always hold near and dear the memories of touring with The Judds and visiting with Naomi backstage at so many events through the years. May you Rest In Peace, Naomi.”

Gene Watson: “I remember how kind and nice Naomi was when we worked together. She was a good person with a generous spirit toward everyone she met. I’m keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

Meghan Linsey: “I really don’t have the words right now. Naomi meant so much to me. She took me under her wing and taught me so much. She will forever be my Country Fairy Godmother. I am so grateful for her friendship.”

Rhonda Vincent: “So saddened to hear of the passing of country music’s Naomi Judd She added a prominent voice to The Judds and left behind a legacy of beautiful music. My love prayers go out to her family. Rest in Sweet Peace dear Lady.”

Lorrie Morgan: “Such a tragic loss today. Truly one of country music‘s most iconic entertainers left us all in tears today. As I sit here wondering why to myself, I know there are no answers. You look back and you think could’ve I helped in someway? I know these feelings as they have crept up in my life a time or two. Naomi was always so nice to me and my family, she would go out of her way to have someone summon me to come to her dressing room and sit and talk to her until she had to go on stage or I had to go on stage. She always gave me wonderful advice so it breaks my heart that maybe I should’ve reached out to her one more time. Our hearts are broken and this music industry. This business can do strange and crazy things to people. My thoughts are with her two beautiful daughters and Larry and her grandchildren and all of her fans who were so excited to see her back on the road back on the stage again. She’s on the best stage she could ever be on now. Rest in peace Naomi. All my love and all my sorrow.”

Rissi Palmer: “I just saw the news about Naomi Judd…wow. Just. Praying for Wynonna, Ashley, and their family… Also, check on your friends and family that struggle with mental illness…”

Jordan Davis: “RIP Naomi Judd…Sending prayers to the entire Family.”

Clint Black: “Terribly saddened to hear of Naomi’s passing. We will be sending up prayers for the strength and peace of mind her family will need to endure this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Naomi.”

LeAnn Rimes: “My heart, like so many’s are, is incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Naomi Judd. my deepest condolences and love goes out to @Wynonna and @AshleyJudd truly a heartbreaking day. #RIPNaomiJudd #WynonnaJudd.”

Gary Levox: “Such sad news. My family sends our condolences and prayers to the entire Judd family.”

Bryan White: “Naomi Judd 1946-2022 No words. The world has lost an icon and an angel. Judds records made a profound impact on me. I was blessed 2 be on shows with them and I’ll never forget it as long as I live. Rest easy sweet Naomi. Prayers of peace 4 the family #timeless #naomijudd.”

Craig Morgan: “Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the entire Judd family. 🙏🏻”

Sara Evans: “Devastated at the passing of Naomi! She was always so kind to me when we were at events together. I grew up on The Judds and their music had a huge influence on me! Praying for the whole family. ❤️”

Charlie Daniels: “Mom and I are saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Naomi Judd. Prayers to Wynonna, Ashley and the rest of the Judd family. The Daniels family crossed paths with the Judd family many times over the years. Here’s a photo from The Judds at dad’s Volunteer Jam XII. – CD, Jr.”

Lee Greenwood: “I have so many memories with Naomi Judd – from our early years on stage around the country, awards shows to recent neighborly encounters at church or around our town of Franklin. I am speechless and so sad! My prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley and the rest of her family. God bless you and comfort you all.”





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