- Naomi Judd passed away on April 30
- It came out that she died by suicide
- Ashley Judd now shared the cause of death
An emotional Ashley Judd revealed new details about her mother Naomi Judd's death. The country singer passed away at the age of 76 on April 30. Sadly, it was reported that Judd died by suicide after struggling with mental illness.
Ashley Judd confirms how her mother Naomi Judd died
Today, Ashley Judd told Good Morning America that Naomi Judd died of a self-inflicted firearm wound. She was the one who discovered her mother, and the family chose to share these details before they got out through other channels.
"I'm tasked with an exceedingly difficult task in disclosing the manner of the way my mother chose not to continue to live," Ashley told GMA. "I've thought about this so much because once I say it, it cannot be unsaid and so – because we don't want it to be a part of the gossip economy – I will share that she used a weapon."
"Mother used a firearm, so that's the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand we're in a position that, you know, if we don't say it, someone else is going to," she said.
In announcing the terrible news on April 30, sisters Ashley and Wynonna Judd said that they lost Naomi to "the disease of mental illness."
In her GMA interview, Ashley Judd further stated: "The lie the disease told her was so convincing. That you're not enough, that you're not loved. That you're not worthy, and I mean her brain hurt. It physically hurt."
Tragically, Naomi Judd died one day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her daughter Wynonna Judd, her partner in the country duo The Judds.
A few days later, Mother's Day also passed. Wynonna Judd marked the day with an emotional Instagram post.
The loss has left Naomi's daughters and fans completely devastated, and our thoughts remain with the family today.