Naomi Judd died of self-inflicted gunshot wound, Ashley reveals

Country music star Naomi Judd has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter Ashley Judd has shared in a new interview.

“She used a weapon. My mom used a gun,” Ashley told Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” Thursday. “So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing.”

The ‘Double Jeopardy’ star also revealed that she was the one who found her mother dead.

“It was a mixed day,” she recalls. “I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so I was home…and mom was like, ‘Do you want to stay with me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will.’

“I went upstairs to let him know that [her] friend was there, and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovery.

Ashley Judd and Naomi Judd on a red carpet.
Naomi Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter Ashley Judd revealed in an interview.

Ashley, 54, said her family had instructed her to share details of her late mother’s suicide at 76 to shed light on mental health.

“When talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and distinguish between the loved one and the illness,” she said, adding, “My mother knew she was seen and heard in her anguish. , and she was escorted home.

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“My mother knew she had been seen and heard in her anguish, and she was driven home,” Ashley explained.
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Ashley explained that the fact that the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer “couldn’t hang on” until she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame highlighted “the level of disaster what was going on inside her.

“The barrier between the gaze in which [her peers] she couldn’t get into his heart, and the lie that the disease was telling him was so convincing,” she explained.

Ashley and her sister, Wynonna Judd, announced on April 30 that their mother had died of “the disease of 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,” they wrote in a joint statement.

Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd holding hands while performing.
The country music star had documented his battle with depression for years.

The sisters broke down on stage a day later at the Country Music Hall of Fame during Naomi and Wynonna’s induction for The Judds.

Naomi revealed in 2016 that she had struggled with severe depression and anxiety since she and Wynonna, 57, stopped filming together in 2011.

“[Fans] seeing me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really who I am,” she said at the time. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pajamas and practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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