Naomi Judd’s Cause of Death Confirmed by Ashley Judd

Heartbreaking details. Less than a month after Naomi Judd was found dead at age 76, her daughter… Ashley Judd opens up about her mother’s death by suicide.

“She used a gun… my mom used a gun,” Ashley, 54, continued Good morning America on Thursday 12 May. “So that’s the piece of information that we find very inconvenient to share, but we understand we’re in a position that if we don’t say it, someone else will.”

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Be open to Diane Sawyerthe Double danger actress spoke about her mother’s struggles with mental health.

“My mother knew she was being seen and she was heard in her fear. She was taken home,” Ashley said through tears. “When we talk about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and distinguish between our loved one and the illness. It’s very real. It’s lying, it’s wild. My mom, our mom, didn’t last until she was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame by her peers. I mean, that’s the level of the catastrophe of what was going on inside her. … The lie the disease told her was so convincing. † [The lie] that you are not enough, the lie that you are not loved, that you are not worthy. Her brain hurt. It hurt physically.”

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Ashley and Wynonna Juddwho sang with her mother as part of award-winning country duo The Judds, announced Naomi’s passing via Twitter on April 30.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We have lost our beautiful mother to the illness of mental illness,” they wrote in a joint statement. “We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience as well. We are in uncharted territory.”

The next day, The Judds were inducted into the Country Hall of Fame.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably talk the most,” Wynonna said onstage with her sister. “I’m going to make this soon because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed. … Although my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that is what we do.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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