Naomi Judd’s cause of death revealed as suicide

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Naomi Judd's cause of death
Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd‘s cause of death has come to light. The Grammy-winning country star, known for her work as one half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds, died by suicide Saturday at 76, after struggling with mental illness for much of her life, according to PEOPLE. Multiple sources reportedly confirmed the news.

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A representative for Judd told EW on Tuesday that he could not confirm the cause of death and added, “There is an ongoing investigation by law enforcement and the coroner’s office, and any further information will be released by the proper authorities.”

Judd’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna announced her death over the weekend in a statement to the Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” they said. “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.”

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