Naomi Judd’s cause of death confirmed by Ashley Judd in Diane Sawyer interview

Naomi Judd has died by suicide, confirmed Ashley Judd in a moving interview that aired Thursday morning on hello america.

Ashley Judd said ABC News‘ Diane Sawyer that the Judd family agreed that she shared the cause of her mother’s death.

“She used a weapon. A gun,” Ashley Judd said. “So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing. But understand that we’re in a position that you know, if we don’t say it, someone else will.

Ashley and her sister, Wynonna, announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother “to mental illness.” Naomi Judd was 76 years old.

Naomi Judd had been candid about her battle with depression. She had been open about her mental health in her 2016 book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.

Ashley Judd was visiting from her home in Tennessee the day her mother died. Ashley told Sawyer that she found out about her mother after it happened.

“I have both grief and trauma finding out about her,” Ashley Judd said.

Naomi Judd died the day before her induction with Wynonna into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ashley Judd said: “My mother, our mother, couldn’t hold on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers.

“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 had told her. was so compelling,” Ashley Judd said. .

Naomi and Wynonna have won five Grammy Awards as country duo The Judds. The mother-daughter duo was scheduled to perform at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on October 22 and at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., on October 21.

In the interview with Sawyer, Ashley read a letter sent by Wynonna:

“I’m not ready to speak publicly about what happened yet, so I know you understand why I’m not here today. We will make this piece differently. We have each other, and I’m grateful that we’re connected as we weather this storm together. I just can’t believe she’s gone.

CMT and Sandbox Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they are collaborating with the Judd family to honor Naomi’s life with Naomi Judd: A Celebration of the River of Time, a live event broadcast on Sunday. The broadcast will include a commercial-free public memorial service from the Ryman Auditorium at 5 p.m. Dallas time.

Support lifelines

Here for the Texas Mental Health shipping line: Grant Halliburton Foundation initiative that connects North Texans to personalized mental health resources for every caller at 972-525-8181, or visit HereForTexas.com.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24-hour crisis helpline at 1-800-273-8255. A confidential online chat is available at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Crisis text line: Round-the-clock support by texting HOME to 741741. More info at Crisistextline.org.

North Texas Behavioral Health Authority: 24-hour Crisis Helpline at 1-866-260-8000 or visit ntbha.org.

North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center: Speak to a trained counselor on the 24-hour hotline at 214-828-1000 or 800-273-8255 or visit sccenter.org.

Dallas Metropolitan Services: For help, call 1-877-283-2121 or visit metrocareservices.org.

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