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

The younger Judd appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired on “Good Morning America” ​​Thursday. She said her family agreed she shares her mother’s cause of death.

“She used a gun,” Ashley Judd said. ‘A firearm. So that’s the piece of information we don’t like to share.”

She and her sister Wynonna Judd announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother “to 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 went public in any other way. She also revealed that she was the one who discovered her mother, who had been candid about her battle with depression, after it happened.

“I have both grief and trauma discovering her,” said Judd, who began the interview by thanking everyone for the support she and her family have received in the wake of their grief.

The matriarch died the day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who formed the country music duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ashley Judd said her mother “couldn’t stand it” being recognized by her peers.

“That’s the level of the catastrophe of what was going on inside her,” Judd said. “Because the barrier between the prestige they held her in 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 broadcast a memorial service for Judd on Sunday.

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