Naomi Judd suicide:- Ashley Judd discusses the death of her mother, the Grammy-winning country musician, in an interview on Good Morning America
Grammy-winning country musician Naomi Judd died last month after shooting herself, her daughter, actor Ashley Judd, said Thursday, May 12.
Ashley Judd revealed many details about the death of her mother, country star Naomi Judd, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. Judd said his mother was struggling with mental health. “His brain hurt,” Judd said. “It hurt physically.”
“I will share with you that he used a weapon,” Judd said of his mother, who died on April 30 after a long battle with depression. “My mother used a shotgun.”
Ashley said she understood the public would know her mother died at her own hands once an autopsy was released, but wanted to control the news.
Ashley Judd revealed that his mother killed herself, adding that the family was too uncomfortable sharing the information, “but understand that we are in a position that if we don’t say that someone else is leaving.”
Ashley describes Naomi’s last day alive. She visited her mother at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, she said, before leaving for a moment to welcome a family friend. When Ashley went to tell her mother about the visitor, she said, she saw her mother shoot herself.
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This was the day before Naomi and Winona were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
She said her mother had both the resources and support to fight depression. “My mother knew she was seen and heard in her agony,” she said. Despite this, Ashley said, her mother became unable to cope.
“When we are talking about mental illness, it is very important to be clear and differentiate between your loved one and the illness,” she said. “It’s so real, and … it’s a lie, it’s cruel – you know, my mother.
She continued: “I mean the level of devastation of what was going on inside him… the lies the illness told him was so reassuring… that you are not enough, that you love No, that you’re not qualified. His brain hurt, it hurt physically.”
Naomi died shortly after her and Winona’s tour of the arena was announced. It was to be his first in over a decade, having recently returned to a live performance at the CMT Music Awards in April.
The Judds had 14 #1 songs and five Grammy wins over nearly three decades, singing about the virtues of the family as well as marriage and fidelity. Her hits include Love Can Build a Bridge (1990), Mama He’s Crazy (1984), Why Not Me (1984), Turn It Loose (1988), Girls Night Out (1985), and Rockin with the Rhythm of the Rain and were. Grandfather (both 1986).
They were at the peak of their powers when, in 1991, doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis. In a 2017 interview, she described how her mental state deteriorated significantly after she stopped performing.
“When I came off the tour I went into this deep, dark, absolutely horrible hole and I couldn’t get out,” she said.
Naomi wrote the book River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.
Born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, Naomi was a nurse when she and Winona began singing together, blending unique harmonies with acoustic music, bluegrass and blues.
In addition to her daughters, Naomi’s survivors include her husband, Larry Strickland, who was a backing vocalist for Elvis Presley.
There are other details the family is hoping to keep private, but Judd encourages anyone else struggling with mental illness to reach out and talk.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.