The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation into the shocking death of country legend Naomi Judd.
“This is an ongoing investigation, currently we are not releasing any reports, 911 calls or body cam or dash cam video. This is an ongoing death investigation,” Public Information Officer Williamson said in a statement to We Weekly Monday, April 2. “There is no police jurisdiction in this area, so only the sheriff’s department was present. We are awaiting information from detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division.“
two days before, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd took to social media to confirm their mother’s death at the age of 76. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” they tweeted in a joint post on Saturday, April 30. “We have lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that as much as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.
Wynonna, 57, and Ashley, 54, then paid tribute to their mother, who came to prominence as one half of the Judds, at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville on Sunday 1 may. The country duo was originally formed in 1983 by Naomi and her eldest daughter before their retirement in the early 90s.
“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley said in tears as she took the stage, leading the audience to recite a passage from the Bible.
The ‘I Saw the Light’ singer added, “I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most. I’m going to do this fast, because my heart is broken, and I I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be so broken and so blessed. … Even though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do.
The late musician has previously opened up about dealing with severe depression throughout her life. “I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks and not get out of my pajamas, practice normal hygiene,” Naomi said during a December 2016 appearance on hello america. “My hands are shaking really bad…medicine, I can’t do anything about it. And my face, I feel like a balloon. My face is all swollen from the medicine. I really didn’t eat ice cream and sweets, really not!”
She added at the time: “What I’ve been through is extreme. [and] it was so deep and so completely debilitating and life-threatening. … I have dealt and worked so hard for the past four years.