Naomi Judd Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound


Country music star Naomi Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter Ashley Judd shared in a new interview.

"She used a weapon. On Thursday, my mother used a firearm," Ashley told Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America."

"So that's the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing."

The "Double Jeopardy" star also revealed that she was the one who found her mother dead.

"It was a mixed day," she recalled.

"I visit with my mom and pop every day when I am home in Tennessee, so I was at the house, and Mom said, 'Will you stay with me?' Moreover, I said, Of course, I will."

"I went upstairs to let her know that [her] friend was there, and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovery."

Ashley, 54, explained that her family put her in charge of sharing details about her late mother's suicide at age 76 to shine a light on mental health.

"When we're talking about mental illness, it's very important to be clear and to make the distinction between the loved one and the disease."

"My mother knew that she was seen and she was heard in her anguish, and she was walked home."

Ashley explained that the "Love Can Build a Bridge" singer.

"Could not hang on" until she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, highlighted "the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her."

"The barrier between the regard in which [her peers] held her couldn't penetrate into her heart, and the lie that the disease told her was so convincing,"

"Ashley and her sister, Wynonna Judd, announced on April 30 that their mother died from "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," they wrote in a joint statement.

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