View Original Notice ? Country music world mourns loss of Naomi Judd amid Stagecoach festival
“Love Can Build a Bridge,” the 1990 hit by the Judds, was on fans’ minds Saturday when news broke of matriarch Naomi Judd’s death at 76.
Maren Morris, who performed Friday, April 29, at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, tweeted about Judd’s final performance with her daughter and singing partner Wynonna at the CMT Awards on April 11.
“Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd,” Morris tweeted. “Honored to have witnessed ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few short weeks ago.”
Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few short weeks ago.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 30, 2022
Carrie Underwood, the headliner who will close the show on Saturday, April 30, also took to Twitter, saying, “Sing with the angels, Naomi.”
Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 30, 2022
The announcement of Judd’s death was made Saturday by daughters Wynnona, 57, and actor Ashley Judd, 54.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”
Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) April 30, 2022
Tanya Tucker, who performed at Stagecoach on Friday night, shared that she was “so very sorry for my friend Wynonna. I’m praying her and Ashley Judd can survive this. The biggest hurdle they will ever have.”
I'm so very sorry for my friend @Wynonna. I'm praying her and @AshleyJudd can survive THIS. The biggest hurdle they will ever have. My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire @TheNaomiJudd family! It brings tears to my heart. Rest easy angel!
— Tanya Tucker (@tanyatucker) April 30, 2022
The Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1.
“She & Wynonna inspired an entire generation to chase their dreams & make them happen,” tweeted Terri Clark, who played Stageoach in 2019.
I’m shocked & saddened to hear of the passing of Naomi Judd. She & @Wynonna inspired an entire generation to chase their dreams & make them happen. Their music has been & will always be the standard. My prayers go out to the entire family as they navigate through this tragic time pic.twitter.com/PdGfsrR1mq
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) April 30, 2022
Other colleagues taking to social media included Loretta Lynn, who on Instragram urged prayers for Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland, as well as her children and grandchildren.
Travis Tritt called Naomi Judd “one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known.”
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 movies and numerous musical events. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to her family. https://t.co/ONRL9Q29om
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) April 30, 2022
Ty Herndon called her irreplaceable.
I am absolutely heartsick to hear the news about Naomi Judd. My heart and my 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
Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth called her incredibly kind.
I had the honor of meeting Naomi Judd years ago and she was so incredibly kind. Sending love and prayers to Wynonna, Ashley, and the whole Judd family during this time. I never thought she’d go
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) April 30, 2022
Crystal Gayle remembered her as a fellow Kentuckian.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and fellow Kentuckian, Naomi Judd. Naomi was always so special to be with. She accomplished so much and she will be missed and loved forever. My prayers go out to Naomi and her family. pic.twitter.com/Us57t9bfsj
— Crystal Gayle (@TheCrystalGayle) April 30, 2022
Comedian Loni Love said Naomi Judd changed her life as a judge on “Star Search.”
Back in 2003 Naomi Judd was a judge on Star search.. she gave me a perfect score and that changed my life.. Thank you Ms. Judd. She was a lovely woman and now the world is a little less bright without her. Condolences to her family and fans. Especially Wynonna and Ashley.
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 30, 2022
“Friends, hug your mamas if you can,” the band Sawyer Brown posted on Facebook.
“Today Show” host Hoda Kotb tweeted she treasured the times Naomi was on the show.
So saddened by this news. @kathielgifford and i treasured 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