Naomi Judd, matriarch of country music duo The Judds, died a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her family said Thursday.
Judd, 76, suffered from mental illness, an illness that tells victims: “You are not loved, you are not enough, that you are not worthy,” her daughter Ashley Judd said in an interview broadcast on ABC’s “Good Morning America “.
“Our mother couldn’t last until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. That was the level of disaster that was unfolding inside her,” said Ashley Judd, a 54-year-old actor.
“She used a weapon. Mother used a firearm,” she said of the death, which was announced on April 30.
Ashley Judd said she revealed the cause of death in a television interview to “keep control” of the information before it became public, possibly through leaks about Judd’s autopsy.
The family’s disclosure followed news that the number of gun deaths in the U.S. during the pandemic has risen to its highest point since 1994. Gun suicide – the leading cause of gun deaths – totaled 24,245 in 2020, it said. the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report. published Tuesday.
Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd, 57, formed The Judds, the singing, guitar-playing duo that was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1.
It was Ashley Judd who found her mother’s body just minutes after they hugged while visiting her mother’s home in Tennessee. Ashley Judd said she stepped out to meet a friend and when she came back she found her mom upstairs.
“I have both grief and trauma” from discovering the body, Ashley Judd said.
The family urged anyone with suicidal thoughts to seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255… Reuters