Ashley Judd and her family wanted the world to know about how Naomi Judd died.
The younger Judd appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer that aired Thursday on Good Morning America. She said her family agreed that she shared the cause of her mother’s death.
“She used a gun,” Ashley Judd said. “A gun. So this is the information that we are very uncomfortable sharing.”
She and her sister, Wynonna Judd, announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother “to the illness of a mental illness.” She was 76.
Ashley Judd said she and her family wanted to shed light on mental illness, explaining that it’s “important to distinguish between the loved one and the illness”.
Judd said the family reluctantly shared the cause of death before it became public in any other way. She also revealed that she was the one who discovered her mother speaking openly about her battle with depression after it happened.
“I’m both sad and traumatized to have discovered her,” said Judd, who began the interview by thanking everyone for the support she and her family have received following her grief.
The matriarch died a day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who formed country music duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ashley Judd said her mother “couldn’t hold on” to be recognized by her peers.
“That’s the scale of the catastrophe of what was going on inside her,” Judd said. “Because the barrier between the respect they held for her couldn’t penetrate her heart and the lie the disease told her was so compelling.”
The Judd sisters attended the ceremony and honored their mother.
CMT will air a televised memorial service for Judd on Sunday.
If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, here are some resources that are available.
Canada Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-833-456-4566
Addiction and Mental Health Center: 1.800.463-2338
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 or SMS 45645
Telephone for child support: (1-800-668-6868)
Embrace Life Council hotline: 1-800-265-3333
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
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