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:
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.