Naomi Judd, one half of the iconic country music duo The Judds, reportedly died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after years of struggling with mental illness.
Naomi and Wynonna, 57, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Naomi Judd’s daughters — Wynonna and Ashley — fought through the tears to honor their late mom just 24 hours after her passing.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular duos of the 1980s, scoring 14 No. 1 hits during their nearly three-decade career.
Earlier last month, Naomi and Wynonna had announced they would reunite for a celebratory final tour that was set to launch in September.
Naomi had been candid about her mental health struggles in the past. In 2016, she revealed her battles with “extreme” and “severe depression” that left her housebound on “Good Morning America.”
“[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”
In 2016, Naomi wrote a book, titled “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope,” to go public with her diagnosis and to let people know that mental illness is “not a character flaw, it’s a stinking disease.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.