According to the Kentucky born singers daughters, Naomi Judd had been battling mental illness for some time before her death on Saturday April 30.
One of the daughters reported in 2017 to The Today Show that after their last performance together, their mom didn’t get off the couch for two years.
Naomi Judd formed a country singing group with her two daughters named The Judds in 1985. Naomi and her daughter; Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s; eventually producing a string of major hits; including “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and selling more than 20 million records.
By 1980, she began pursuing a musical career for her and Wynonna, and making appearances on a local morning show, according to the website.Their first single, “Had a Dream (For the Heart),” released in 1983, reached No. 17 on the Billboard country chart. Their next single, “Mama He’s Crazy,” became the No. 1 song on country radio, according to the website, and won The Judds their first Grammy in 1984.The Country Music Hall of Fame described their music as “characterized by distinctive harmonies,” with “powerful” lead vocals and acoustic accompaniments with elements of “traditional folk, blues and family harmony.”
Even more so; recently the Country Music Hall of Fame will induct Ray Charles and The Judds into its ranks on Sunday night. Despite Naomi’s passing.
History Behind Naomi’s Illness
A diagnosis of hepatitis C, a potentially chronic and deadly viral illness; forced Naomi Judd to retire from performing in 1990. “Love Can Build A Bridge,” released December 1990, was the duo’s final single, according to the website. In 2016, Naomi Judd opened up about mental illness during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” saying she had been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. The singer said at that time she would “not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene.”