Naomi Judd passed away a week ago caused a shock in the country music world due to her role in the genre’s history and the proximity of her death to her Country Music Hall of Fame induction the following day. Judd’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, shared the heartbreaking news on social media, revealing the loss of their mother due to “mental illness.”
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” the Judd sisters wrote in a statement. “We are heartbroken. We are going through a deep sadness and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”
The Academy is deeply saddened by this afternoon’s heartbreaking news of the passing of Naomi Judd. With her daughter Wynonna, the Judds have won the ACM Award for Top Vocal Duet for 7 consecutive years, as well as the ACM Pioneer Award more recently at the Academy of Country Music Honors. pic.twitter.com/w4J0XYoteC
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) Apr 30, 2022
Names from around the world of country music and celebrities quickly shocked by the loss, flooded social media with grief and thoughts about Judd’s impact on the industry. Some of iconic settings of country music also took the time to remember Judd on Saturday night.
The Grand Ole Opry announced a hiatus on Saturday night to honor Judd’s career, adding that “recognizing her impact as an artist and a person will last forever.” Scroll down to see Loretta Lynn, Maren Morris and many others honor and mourn the late musician’s passing.
To borrow a line from the song co-written by Naomi and recorded by @thejuddsofficial closing tonight’s Opry: “They are my guardian angels and I know they can see. They watch me every step of the way.” ️
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) May 1, 2022
Keith Urban took the stage to perform his tribute to the late Judd at a recent concert, while fellow legend and contemporary Tanya Tucker shared a loving photo of the late singer.
I’m so sorry for my friend @Wynonna† I pray her and @AshleyJudd can survive THIS. The biggest hurdle they’ll ever face. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone @TheNaomiJudd family! It brings tears to my heart. Rest in peace angel!
❤️ Tanya Tucker
— Tanya Tucker (@tanyatucker) Apr 30, 2022
Tribute keeps coming
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and fellow Kentuckian, Naomi Judd. Naomi was always so special to be with. She has accomplished so much and she will be missed and loved forever. My prayers go out to Naomi and her family.❤️🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/Us57t9bfsj
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) Apr 30, 2022
I am very sad to hear that Naomi Judd has passed away. Rest in peace. I send love and light to Ashley and Wynonna and everyone who loves her.
— rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) Apr 30, 2022
More tributes are sure to pour in as the news continues to spread. Come back to see the last one.
Loretta Lynn posted a touching tribute to Judd on her official Instagram account. Meanwhile, The Oak Ridge Boys shared a group statement express their disbelief at the tragic end for Judd. “Oh dear Jesus… Naomi Judd went home… the day before the Judds [Country Music Hall of Fame] induction … This is [devastating] news… We are saddened by words,” the band’s account shared.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Naomi Judd. My heart goes out to her family at this very difficult time. Country music will never be the same again. love each other.
— Trisha Jaarhout (@trishajaarhout) Apr 30, 2022
“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 films and numerous musical events. My deepest condolences go out to her family,” Travis Tritt wrote on Twitter† Trisha Yearwood also shared her thoughts on Judd’s passing, and Lee Greenwood joined in with a touching throwback.
I have so many memories of Naomi Judd – from our early years on stage across the country, award ceremonies, to recent meetings with neighbors 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 pic.twitter.com/lFvDGpChvr
— Lee Greenwood (@TheLeeGreenwood) Apr 30, 2022
Condolences on the loss of Naomi Judd! I met her a few times and she was always so charming, funny and irreverent! A huge loss to the music and its girls! Much love and condolences to all of her family #RIPNaomiJudd https://t.co/7Rf5mvUHrw
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) May 1, 2022
Bad Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth mourned the loss of Judd on social media, joined by others like Morgan Fairchild with memories of the country star. “I had the honor to meet Naomi Judd years ago and she was so incredibly nice. I send love and prayers to Wynonna, Ashley and the entire Judd family at this time. I never thought she would go,” the Broadway star wrote.
Tim McGraw was one of the popular stars of the 90s to weigh in and “send love and prayers to Wynonna and Ashley and the entire Judd family. We grieve with you and so many others,” on social media. Billy Ray Cyrus also shared his memories, posting a photo of himself alongside Judd and Randy Travis.
So sad to lose my friend and music legend @TheNaomiJudd† My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. As a fellow Kentuckian, my hats off to the legacy of music she shared with the world and the doors she opened to so many others like me. pic.twitter.com/JwGkiLtUA5
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) Apr 30, 2022
Rest in power Naomi Judd
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) Apr 30, 2022
“Country music has lost a true legend… sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We are all sending out prayers today for the Judd family,” Carrie Underwood shared on social media† Others like Mickey Guyton kept their thoughts short, but still praised the music icon. Maren Morris also weighed in with a great comment.
Rest in peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” a few weeks ago.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) Apr 30, 2022