Naomi Judd died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter says

Naomi Judd died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter says

When country music Grammy winner Naomi Judd died last month, her daughter Ashley Judd said she lost her mother to the “sickness of mental illness.” On Thursday, Ms Judd was more outspoken, saying in a television interview that her mother died at her home in Tennessee from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and encouraging people who are desperate to seek help.

Ms. Judd, an actress, told Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America that she spoke out about her mother’s death because her family wanted the information shared before it became public “without our control.”

“We recognize that while we mourn the loss of a wife and a mother, we are eerily a public family,” Ms Judd said. “So that’s really the impetus for that timing. Otherwise, of course, it’s much too early. That’s why it’s important that we say this upfront.”

Naomi Judd and her other daughter, Wynonna Judd, dominated the country charts in the 1980s as the mother-daughter duo The Judds. Naomi Judd, 76, died April 30, a day before the duo was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In Thursday’s interview, Ashley Judd said she was visiting her mother at her home outside of Nashville when she died. Ms Judd said she went outside to greet a friend of her mother’s who was stopping by and when she went upstairs to tell her mother the friend had arrived she found her mother dead.

“Mother used a gun,” Mrs. Judd said. “That’s the information we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that if we don’t say it, we’re in a position that someone else will.”

“Mum was a brilliant conversationalist, she was a star, she was an underrated songwriter,” Ms Judd said. “And she was someone who was mentally ill, you know, and had a lot of trouble getting off the sofa other than going downtown to the Cheesecake Factory every day, where all the employees knew and loved her.”

Naomi Judd was born in Ashland, a mining town in Northeast Kentucky, and lived in California before moving to Nashville in 1979 as a single mother of two daughters.

Ms Judd supported her family by working as a nurse while pursuing a music career with Wynonna. Her break came in 1983 when Ms Judd was caring for a patient who turned out to be the daughter of an RCA Records executive. A record deal, nine Country Music Association Awards, five Grammys and 14 No. 1 hits followed.

Ashley Judd said in the interview that her mother was most alive when she was performing.

“She’s been very isolated in a lot of ways because of the illness,” Ms Judd said. “And yet there have been many people who have shown up for her over the years, not just me.”

Ms Judd encouraged those in need to seek help, citing resources including the National Suicide Hotline and the National Alliance for Mental Illness, a mental health organization that also has a hotline.

“So I want to be very careful when we talk about it today,” Ms Judd said, “that for anyone who has these ideas or these impulses, you know, to talk to someone, to share, to be open, to be vulnerable. “

In the United States, if you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to for a list of additional resources. walk here for resources outside of the United States.

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