Naomi Judd, of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, dies at 76: Daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd pay tribute saying ‘we lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness’

Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd, of The Judds, perform at the ‘Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,’ in Las Vegas, April 4, 2011

Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died at age 76.

Her death was announced by her daughters on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

‘Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,’ the statement 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.’ The statement did not elaborate further.

The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades.

After rising to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis.

The Judds’ hits included Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990, Mama He’s Crazy in 1984, Why Not Me in 1984, Turn It Loose in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain in 1986 and Grandpa in 1986.

SOURCE: Associated Press