Naomi Judd Death: Country music industry reacts and pays tribute
When news broke on Saturday that Naomi Judd had passed away, figures from across the music industry expressed their mourning for the country music legend, remembering the life of the Judd family matriarch.
Judd died at the age of 76. No cause of death was immediately given, although in a statement daughters Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd attributed their mother’s death to “mental illness”.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the statement read. “We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.
The announcement came the day before the Judds were to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medal ceremony in Nashville. Hall of Fame officials could not immediately be contacted as to whether the ceremony will be canceled or continue in some form.
Carrie Underwood, who is due to perform at the Stagecoach Festival on Saturday night, paid tribute in the afternoon, saying “country music has lost a true legend”.
Country music has lost a true legend… sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We all send prayers for the Judd family today…
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 30, 2022
Maren Morris also paid tribute, recalling Judd’s performance of the Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge” at the Country Music Television Music Awards, which took place earlier in April.
Rest in peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few weeks ago. 🤍😔
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 30, 2022
The CMT Music Awards shared a video of Judd performing alongside her daughter, honoring the “many unforgettable moments and performances” she was responsible for at the annual ceremony.
We are heartbroken to learn of the legendary Naomi Judd’s passing and honored to have shared many unforgettable moments and performances together. Our thoughts are with her husband Larry, her daughters Wynonna and Ashley, and legions of fans around the world during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/xTmYvEG1nj
– CMT (@CMT) April 30, 2022
Grande Ole Opry star Bill Anderson shared a memory of when he first met Judd on a game show, saying she “was one of a kind.”
I am shocked and saddened along with the rest of our country music community by the passing of Naomi Judd. I will never forget meeting her for the first time when she was on a game show that I was hosting. I asked him to identify himself for the audience… pic.twitter.com/ORKFPSGf8C
— Bill Anderson (@WhisperinBill) April 30, 2022
TV host and comedian Loni Love recalled her own relationship with Judd and expressed her condolences to the country legend’s daughters.
In 2003 Naomi Judd was a judge on Star Search…she gave me a perfect score and it changed my life…Thank you Mrs. Judd. She was a lovely woman and now the world is a little less bright without her. Condolences to his family and fans. Especially Wynonna and Ashley. 🙏🏾🙏🏽🙏🏻
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 30, 2022
Actress Rosanna Arquette offered her own condolences to Wynonna and Ashley.
I am very sad to learn that Naomi Judd has passed away. Rest in peace. Sending love and light to Ashley and Wynonna and all who love her.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) April 30, 2022
Kristen Chenoweth said it was “an honor” to meet Judd years ago: “I never thought she would go.”
I had the honor of meeting Naomi Judd years ago and she was incredibly sweet. Sending love and prayers to Wynonna, Ashley and the entire Judd family during this time. I never thought she would go 💔
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) April 30, 2022
“Today” host Hoda Kotb shared that she and Kathie Lee Gifford, her former co-host of 11 years, treasured Judd’s appearances on the talk show.
So saddened by this news. @kathielgifford and I cherished the moments we shared with her on our show. One of a kind ❤️❤️RIP Naomi Judd of Grammy-winning duo The Judds dies at 76 | AP News https://t.co/CcRCpVPffV
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) April 30, 2022
Country and gospel quartet Oak Ridge Boys shared that its members were “saddened beyond words” by the sudden loss.
Oh Sweet Jesus… Naomi Judd went home… the day before the Judds @countrymusichof induction… This is slipping news… We are saddened beyond words…
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 30, 2022
See more tributes to Naomi Judd below:
I loved Naomi Judd. Among her many talents, she was so much fun, a great storyteller, and a wonderful mind. https://t.co/1ecFMV7HSY
—Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 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 many musical events. My most sincere condolences go to his family. https://t.co/ONRL9Q29om
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) April 30, 2022
I am so sad for Naomi Judd. She was so sweet, warm and fun, but what I remember best is how proud she was of her daughters, she talked about them all the time. My heart breaks for his family. https://t.co/asDaIM3u3l
—Kristen Johnston (@thekjohnston) April 30, 2022
RIP Naomi Judd. My mother apparently taught me every one of your songs. She sang them often and loudly. You left Country Music better than you found it.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) April 30, 2022
Naomi Judd was a lovely woman and I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. May she finally find peace. My deepest condolences to his daughters. May God bring them comfort in this hour of their agony.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) April 30, 2022
Silence so deep only my soul can hear
Say now the past is what I fear
The future ain’t what it used to be
Only today is all I was promised
Flow on the river of time
I love you, Naomi Judd. January 11, 1946 – April 30, 2022 pic.twitter.com/aaR3IPakrt
—Hunter Kelly (@hunterkelly) April 30, 2022
— AmandaShires (@amandashires) April 30, 2022
My heart sinks over the loss today of Naomi Judd at 76. She was a talented and one-of-a-kind woman, making The Judds an icon in every sense of the word. This photo was taken just a few weeks ago😢 pic.twitter.com/mRYJHUjTc8
— Cody Alan (@CodyAlan) April 30, 2022
Naomi Judd of Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died aged 76. They were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Jyls4xkrXZ
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) April 30, 2022
Naomi Judd 😔 so sad to hear this news. Thinking of all his family and friends. Tough day for country music..
— Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) April 30, 2022
I’m really heartbroken to hear the news about Naomi Judd. My heart and prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley Judd and all of us, friends and fans, who loved and respected her so much. She is irreplaceable – a country music legend will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/PUI79HNqJX
— Ty Herndon (@TyHerndoncom) April 30, 2022
Rest in power Naomi Judd
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) April 30, 2022