Ashley Judd confirms mum Naomi Judd’s cause of death in emotional interview

Naomi Judd, country music icon, died on April 30 at the age of 75died of a self-inflicted wound, her daughter, Ashley Juddunveiled Thursday morning.

Ashley Judd made an appearance on hello america to speak with Diane Sawyer about her mother’s death and how the Judd family coped in the weeks that followed.

She said her family wanted to control the flow of information about the death before an autopsy is released.

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Ashley Judd spoke to Diane Sawyer in a moving interview aired on Good Morning America detailing her mother's battle with mental illness
Ashley Judd opened up about her late mother Naomi Judd’s battle with mental illness in a moving interview on Good Morning America (Good Morning America)

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“She used a gun…” Ashley told Sawyer.

“So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”

Ashley said she was substituted by her family to discuss her mother’s death in order to shed light on the illness and shine a light on a path for fans who need help.

“My mother knew that she had been seen and heard in her anguish, and that she had been driven home,” she said, adding: “When we talk about mental illness, it “It’s very important to be clear and to distinguish between our loved one and the disease. It’s very real, and it’s lying, it’s wild.”

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Ashley Judd spoke to Diane Sawyer in a moving interview aired on Good Morning America detailing her mother's battle with mental illness
The actress spoke to Diane Sawyer days after the country music singer’s death as the family tried to control information in the public domain (Good Morning America)

Ashley also said that despite her mother’s impending induction into the Country Music Hall of Fameshe could not continue to face the disease.

“Our mom couldn’t hold on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers,” she said.

“That’s the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her, because the barrier between the esteem they held her in couldn’t penetrate her heart, and the lie that the disease had given her. said was so compelling.”

Ashley also detailed her mother’s last day.

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Naomi Judd (left) and Ashley Judd (right) arrive at the LA premiere "Olympus has fallen" at the ArcLight Theater on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Ashley also revealed that she was the one who discovered her mother (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“It was a mixed day,” she said. “I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so I was home visiting like I do every day. Mom was like, ‘Would you like to would you stay with me?” and I said, “Of course I will.”… I went upstairs to let him know that his good friend was there and I found her. I both heartbreak and trauma upon discovering her.”

She also encouraged fans to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) if they need help.

In a statement released by Ashley Judd and her sister, Wynonna, immediately after their mother’s death, the two attributed her death to “the illness of mental illness”.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the statement read, according to The Associated Press. “We have lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”

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Ashley Judd, Wynonna Judd
Wynonna Judd, left, looks skyward as her sister Ashley Judd looks on during the medal ceremony at the Country Music Hall Of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee (Invision/AP/AAP)

The day after Naomi Judd’s death, The Judds, a musical duo consisting of Wynonna Judd and her mother, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a tearful ceremony.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna told the audience during the induction.

“I’m going to do this fast, because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be so broken and blessed… Although my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what We do.”

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