Dolly Parton Mourns The Loss Of Late Naomi Judd: “I Was So Shocked”

Dolly Parton and Naomi Judd; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Dolly Parton and Naomi Judd; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Dolly Parton and Naomi Judd; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Dolly Parton is mourning the loss of the late Naomi Judd, who unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, April 30, at the age of 76.

The country superstar and East Tennessee native took to social media on Monday evening (May 2) to remember the “Love Can Build A Bridge” singer.

“I was so shocked to hear about Naomi’s passing. Naomi and I were close. We were very similar. We were the same age and both Capricorns,” Parton wrote. “We loved big hair, makeup and music. I have always loved Ashley, Wynonna and Naomi. They’ve always been like sisters to me.”

The country icon then went on to congratulate The Judds’ for the recent Country Music Hall of Fame induction, which took place on Sunday, May 1, just one day after Naomi’s passing.

“Congratulations Wynonna for you and your mom being inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday. I am sorry I couldn’t be there but I can hear Naomi saying now, ‘Oh well, a day late and a Dolly short.’ Congratulations and condolences are both in order. Just know that I will always love you.”

Naomi was best known for her role as one half of the iconic award-winning country duo, The Judds, who were recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The unfortunate news comes just a week after Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd reunited for a performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge” at the 2022 CMT Music Awards

Their performance coincided with the announcement of The Judds’ farewell tour, which was set to kick off on September 30 and hit 10 cities with support from Martina McBride. 

The mother-daughter duo earned 14 No. 1 hits during their career that spanned nearly three decades, including “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Girl’s Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa.”

The Judds toured in the ’80s where they had a catalog of twenty Top 10 hits, 20 million-plus albums sold, a combined 16 Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums, and The Judds Greatest Hits.

Since launching their career in 1983, the duo have gone on to release six studio albums and an EP. The superstar pair have also won several awards, including nine CMA Awards, seven Academy Of Country Music Awards and five GRAMMY Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”

After rising to fame, the iconic country duo broke up in 1991 after Doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis c.

In addition to her celebrated music career, Naomi was also an actress, having appeared in several TV movies and TV series.