Country music world mourns loss of Naomi Judd amid Stagecoach festival

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.”

Carrie Underwood, the headliner who will close the show on Saturday, April 30, also took to Twitter, saying, “Sing with the angels, Naomi.”

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

Ty Herndon called her irreplaceable.

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth called her incredibly kind.

Crystal Gayle remembered her as a fellow Kentuckian.

Comedian Loni Love said Naomi Judd changed her life as a judge on “Star Search.”

“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.

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