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Country Legend Naomi Judd Committed Suicide, Died from a Self-Inflicted Firearm Wound

Country Legend Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76 on 30 April 2022. The Grammy-winning star was known for her work as one half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds (Naomi and Wynonna).

There were speculations that Naomi committed suicide following a report that confirmed that the “Had A Dream (For The Heart)” star took her own life. The longtime advocate of mental health struggled with severe depression. Naomi’s cause of death is finally revealed by her younger daughter Ashley Judd.

The World Has To Hear…

Naomi’s death was announced by her daughters Ashley in a statement to the Associated Press that read: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” they said. “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.”

Naomi’s family wanted the world to hear from them about how she died. Therefore, Ashley Judd finally spoke up the truth. She appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired today on “Good Morning America” and revealed the bitter end of her mother. She said:

“She used a weapon. A firearm. So that’s the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing.” Ashley continued by saying that it is important to make a distinction between the loved one and the disease. Ashley and her family shed light on the matriarch as her cause of death had become public some other way.
Ashley further stated, “That is the level of the catastrophe of what was going on inside of her. Because the barrier between the regard in which they held her couldn’t penetrate her heart and the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”
In this interview, Ashley also said that she was the one who discovered her mother who had been very open about her battle with depression. She spoke in a heavy voice that she has both grief and trauma from discovering her. Ashley revealed that her mother “couldn’t hang on despite support from her peers.
Naomi died just the day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Her daughter, Wynonna, 57, and Ashley, 54 inducted their legendary mother while grieving her loss.
It has been difficult for the Judd family to cope with her death in these weeks. Ashley also said that it has been very difficult for them to digest and share that her mother used a firearm. The reason behind this was that she was suffering from depression.

Naomi’s Struggle with Mental Illness

The Country legend was a longtime ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and previously spoke about how she survived sexual abuse as a child, lived with severe depression, spent time in psychiatric hospitals and struggled with suicidal ideation.

Naomi’s condition worsened after she and Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.  She said, “[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pyjamas, and not practise normal hygiene. It was really bad.”

Naomi also released the book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” in 2016 wherein she confessed that she once considered taking her own life by jumping off a bridge near her farm.

Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna both suffer from depression and other mental health issues. In a previous interview, Wynonna revealed that she attempted suicide at the age of 18 and still suffers from depression.

Well, the two are stronger than their demons and are holding strong. We, as their fans, can only pray and give them space to cope with the tragic loss of their mother. Let us all give this family the privacy that they need. Naomi’s legacy lives on.

Suicide Lifeline: If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or know of someone who may be, do not hesitate to call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online here. 

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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