Naomi Judd Dead at 76: Country Music Star Reactions

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.”

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.

More Tributes

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.

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Tribute keeps coming

More tributes are sure to pour in as the news continues to spread. Come back to see the last one.

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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.

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Contemporary Country

“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 TwitterTrisha Yearwood also shared her thoughts on Judd’s passing, and Lee Greenwood joined in with a touching throwback.

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Hollywood stars

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.

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modern men

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.

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Modern Ladies

“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.


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