Country music legend Naomi Judd, one half of The Judds, dies age 76

Singer and television star Naomi Judd, famous for nearly four decades as the matriarch of country music duo The Judds, died Saturday at the age of 76.

In a statement, daughters Winona Judd and Ashley Judd blamed their mother's death. For "disease of mental illness".

A statement from Naomi Judd's publicist said that her husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland, "will not make any further statements.

Naomi Judd's family requested privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time."

Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, began singing together as professional actors in the early 1980s,

Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946, in Ashland,  Ky. and gave birth to Wynonna the week of her high school graduation.

The short, 10-date tour, which was being produced by Sandbox Live and  Live Nation, was to commence Sept. 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and wrap  up Oct. 28 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The duo won the CMA Awards’ best duo/group category from 1985-91,  winning nine CMAs altogether. Their eight Academy of Country Music  Awards included being named top vocal duo from 1984 through 1990.