Naomi Judd, country music matriarch of The Judds, is dead at 761
Naomi Judd, part of the Grammy-award winning country music duo The Judds, is dead at 76
Judd's daughters, country singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, confirmed the artist's death in a statement on Saturday.
"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness
We are in unknown territory.
they wrote in a statement. "We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public.
The Judds' hits included 1984's "Mama He's Crazy,"
As a member of The Judds with her daughter Wynonna, Naomi Judd recorded and performed...
...as one of the most successful mother-daughter acts in country music before the group stopped performing in the early 1990s.
" which won the group their first Grammy Award, 1985's "
Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" and 1990's "Love Can Build a Bridge."
The group had also recently announced a final tour, set to begin in September.
Last year The Judds were announced as inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and were set to be inducted on Sunday.
"The fans have always been my family of choice,"
>Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Ky.
Judd said in a statement announcing the tour.
"I love them dearly, so I'm chompin' at the bit to belt out our hits and reconnect with them once again."
and gave birth to Wynonna the week of her high school graduation.
It was then she and Wynonna began singing together casually.
She moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, the New York Times reported in a 1984 profile at the beginning of The Judds' rise,
where she worked as a model and a secretary before moving Wynonna and her other daughter, Ashley, back to Kentucky.
Wynonna Judd told NPR's Scott Simon in 2010.