Naomi Judd suicide: how tragedy and hardship dogged the famous showbiz family

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Naomi Judd with her daughters Ashley, left, and Wynonna. (PICTURE: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
Naomi Judd with her daughters Ashley, left, and Wynonna. (PICTURE: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

To the outside world they were hugely successful, rocking the country music world, winning at Hollywood, making a fortune.

But behind the chart toppers, the red carpets and the awards lay a life that was anything but harmonious. Abuse, poverty, addiction, death and depression have haunted the Judd family for decades – and the latest tragic chapter in their long sad story has just been written.

Naomi Judd, who formed the country duo The Judds with daughter Wynonna and was also mother to actress Ashley Judd, took her own life after a long struggle with depression.

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