Naomi Judd, the Grammy-winning country singer of duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died.
Judd's daughters, country singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, confirmed the artist's death in a statement on Saturday.
The Judds' hits included 1984's "Mama He's Crazy," 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. "The fans have always been my family of choice," Judd said
Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Ky. and gave birth to Wynonna the week of her high school graduation.
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. It was then she and Wynonna began singing together casually.
The family moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1979 and Naomi and Wynonna pursued a music career. "We moved into a motel, and all of us slept in the same bed and ate bologna and crackers," Judd said in a 2017
With their strong mother-daughter bond, striking red hair and harmonizing vocals, the Judds quickly rose to fame in country music.
The Judds ceased performing in the 1990s after Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C and Wynonna pursued a solo career.