Naomi Judd, country music matriarch of The Judds, is dead at 76

Naomi Judd, part of Grammy-award winning country music duo The Judds, has died at the age of 76.

Judd's daughters, country singer Winona and actress Ashley Judd, confirmed the artist's death in a statement Saturday.

"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness," she wrote in a statement.

Naomi Judd dies

"We are broken. We are deeply saddened and know that as much as we loved her, she was loved by her public.

We are in unknown territory."

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

It was in the 1990s when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C and Winona stopped pursuing a solo career.

Doctors said I was going to die in three years, and that was in 1990," Judd told NPR in 2010.

"I told them I wasn't going to kick the bucket. I feel so healthy, alive, and bright."

Naomi Judd began writing and publishing self-help and children's books, including her memoirs River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.