Actress Ashley Judd said her mother, late country legend Naomi Judd, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Ashley, who spoke with Diane Sawyer on her family’s behalf, confirmed that her mother — who long suffered from mental illness — committed suicide.
In a portion of the interview, which aired on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” Ashley revealed that her mother “used a weapon” to kill herself.
“A firearm,” she qualified. “So that’s the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing.”
Ashley pointed out that she and her family opted to divulge the disturbing news themselves in order to note the “distinction between the loved one and the disease.”
“That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her,” she added of her mother’s mental illness. The “barrier,” Ashley explained, “between the regard in which [fans and loved ones] held her couldn’t penetrate into her heart and the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”
She also revealed that she was the one who found her mother’s body.
“I have both grief and trauma from discovering her,” Ashley said.
Ashley Judd speaks about mother’s passing l GMA
In late April, Ashley and sister Wynonna Judd — the other half of country duo The Judds — announced that Naomi succumbed to “the disease of mental illness.”
In a moving statement on Naomi’s death, Ashley and Wynonna said, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”
In 2016, Naomi told “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts that suffered from what she could only describe as “extreme” and “severe depression.”
“[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she said at the time. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”
Naomi, who wrote 2016 book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” added, “If I live through this, I want someone to be able to see that they can survive because there are 40 million of us [who suffer from depression] out there.”
Naomi was 76 years old.