The death of Naomi Judd is still rocking the country music community. After receiving a great honor a day after the painful death of her mother, Ashley Judd is sharing new details about her 76-year-old mother’s death.
Naomi Judd Used A Firearm to End Her Life
It’s been less than a month since Naomi Judd was found dead and shocking news are developing. “She used a weapon … my mother used a firearm,” Ashley, 54, shared on Good Morning America on Thursday, May 12. “So that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that if we don’t say it someone else is going to.”
Candidly opening up about her mother’s long battle with mental health, Ashley Judd tearfully told Diane Sawyer that her mother “ knew that she was seen and she was heard in her anguish. She was walked home. When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and make the distinction between our loved one and the disease. It’s very real. It lies, it’s savage.”
She continued: “My mother, our mother, couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame by her peers. I mean, that is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her. … The lie that the disease told her was so convincing. … [The lie] that you’re not enough, the lie that you’re not loved, that you’re not worthy. Her brain hurt. It physically hurt.”
Ashley and Wynonna Judd, who sang with her mother in the act The Judds — a very successful country music act — announced their mother’s passing on Twitter on April 30.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the sisters wrote in a joint statement. “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.”
A day after Naomi’s painful death, The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Wynonna Judd Gives Emotional Speech at The Judd’s Induction Ceremony
The country music duo won five Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association awards. For over three decades, the mother-daughter duo released albums and toured together. Nineteen days after the final performance of the Judds and a day before they were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Naomi took her own life.
“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most,” Wynonna said on stage with her sister. “I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed. … Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do.”
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