Ashley Judd has given a heartbreaking first TV interview about the “heartbreak and trauma” of being the first at the scene of her mother’s suicide.
Actress Ashley Judd has opened up on the death of her country legend mother, revealing she faces the “trauma” of being the first person to discover her mother’s body after her suicide.
She also revealed the method her mother Naomi used to kill herself, a method that news.com.au has chosen not to repeat under Australia’s suicide reporting guidelines.
In the interview with hello americaJudd said the family wanted to share these details before they are made public elsewhere.
“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,” he said. she declared.
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Ashley explained that she was asked to share the cause of death with the world by the family in order to shed light on mental illness.
She also explained how Naomi was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“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 her, because the barrier between the esteem they held her in couldn’t penetrate her heart, and the lie the disease was telling her. was so compelling.”
Ashley also revealed the details of Naomi’s last day in Tennessee.
“It was a mixed day,” the actress said. “I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so I was home visiting like I am every day. Mom said to me, ‘Do you want to 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 have both grief and trauma finding out about it,” she said.
“When talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and distinguish between the loved one and the illness,” she says.
“My mother knew she had been seen and heard in her anguish, and she was escorted home.”
Ashley and Wynonna announced their mother’s death via a statement shared on social media.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the joint statement read. “We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.
A few weeks before her death, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna reunited at the CMA Awards for a performance. The duo also announced that they are going on tour again for the first time in 10 years.
This story originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission