Ashley Judd has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her mom on the first mother’s day without her.
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Last weekend news emerged that Naomi Judd had died.
Naomi Judd, one half of Grammy-winning country music duo The Judds, unexpectedly passed away on April 30.
Her death was announced by her daughters.
In a statement, they wrote:
“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.”
They were a hugely successful group.
The Judds scored twenty top-10 hits with fifteen of them taking the number one spot.
In the aftermath of her sudden death, The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Wynonna Judd accepted the honour just one day after her mother’s death.
Speaking to the 800 people gathered in Nashville’s CMA Theater for the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Wynonna said:
“I’m gonna make this fast because my heart’s broken — and I feel so blessed. I mean, it’s a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed.”
Ashley Judd has also paid tribute to her mom on the first mother’s day without her.
“This Sunday is abruptly, shockingly, my first Mother’s Day without my mama,” 54-year-old Ashley writes. “She died just days before my sister and I could show her again how much we love and honor her.”
“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I was supposed to visit her on Sunday, to give her a box of old-fashioned candy, our family tradition. We were supposed to have sweet delight in each others’ easy presence.”
The post continued:
“This Mother’s Day, I choose to honor my mama for the person she was, a mother and so much more. And I ask you to honor your own mother, if you are lucky enough to have her. Honor her for more than her labor and sacrifice.
“Honor her for her talents and dreams. Honor her by demanding a world where motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy – and chosen.”
Rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to Judd’s family and friends during this hard time.