In an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, Ashley Judd disclosed some details concerning her mother’s death, country singer Naomi Judd. Judd stated that her mother had a mental illness. “Her head ached,” Judd explained. “It was physically painful.”
Judd confessed that her mother committed herself, stating that the family was “extremely uncomfortable” discussing the truth, but “if we don’t say it, someone else will.”
Naomi Judd was a member of the well-known trio The Judds and her daughter Wynonna. They ruled the national charts until Naomi Judd was afflicted with hepatitis C in 1991. Her death was reported in April, just one day before her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ashley Judd stated that her peers’ acclaim and accolades could not penetrate her mother’s mental condition.
Judd also said that she was the one who tracked out her mother on the day she died. “I’m dealing with both loss and trauma due to meeting her,” Judd explained.
The family kept other specifics private, but Judd advised anybody else suffering from mental illness to seek out and talk to someone.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en Espaol: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or text HOME to 741741.