Naomi Judd, the 75-year-old country music star who died on April 30th, died of a self-inflicted handgun wound, according to her daughter, Ashley Judd, on Thursday morning.
Ashley Judd spoke on “Good Morning America” with Diane Sawyer to discuss her mother’s passing and how the Judd family coped in the weeks afterward. She stated that her family wanted to limit the flow of information regarding her death before publishing an autopsy report.
Ashley said to Sawyer, “She used a weapon…my mother used a pistol.” “So there’s the piece of information that we’re uncomfortable releasing, but recognize that someone else will if we don’t say it.”
Ashley stated that her family assigned her to address her mother’s death to shed light on the sickness and provide a way for people in need of assistance.
“In her misery, my mother felt she was seen and heard, and she was walked home,” she said, adding, “When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s essential to be clear and establish the distinction between our loved one and the sickness.” It’s extremely real, and it lies; it’s ferocious.”
Ashley also stated that she could not continue fighting the sickness despite her mother’s impending induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Our mother couldn’t wait to be admitted into the Hall of Fame by her colleagues,” she explained. “That was the degree of the disaster of what was going on inside her since the barrier between the esteem they held her and the deception the sickness told her was so persuasive.”
Ashley also described her mother’s last day.
“It was a strange day,” she said. “I see my mother and father every day while I’m home in Tennessee, so I was at the house like I do every day.” ‘Will you remain with me?’ Mom said, and I replied, ‘Of course, I will.’ I went upstairs to inform her that her close buddy was present, and I found her. I’m dealing with both loss and trauma due to meeting her.”
She also urged followers to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) if they needed assistance.
Ashley Judd and her sister Wynonna issued a statement shortly after their mother died, blaming her death on “the plague of mental illness.”
According to the Associated Press, the message stated, “Today we sisters endured a catastrophe.” “We tragically lost our lovely mother to the affliction of mental illness.” We’ve been devastated. We are going through a difficult time, but we know that she was loved by the people who knew her. We’re in an uncharted area.”
The Judds, a musical duet comprised of Wynonna Judd and her mother, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a heartbreaking ceremony after Naomi Judd’s death.
“I didn’t prepare anything tonight since I knew mum would probably say the most,” Wynonna said during the induction. “I will do this fast because my heart is torn, and I’m blessed.” Being this broken and this gifted creates an odd dynamic… Despite my wounded heart, I shall continue to sing since it is what we do.”