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Ashley Judd revealed a number of details about the death of her mother, country star Naomi Judd, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good morning america. Judd said his mother struggled with mental health. “His brain hurt,” Judd said. “She hurt me physically.”
Judd revealed that his mother committed suicide and said the family felt very uncomfortable sharing the information, “but understand we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”
Naomi Judd was part of the famous duo The Judds, with her daughter Wynonna. They dominated the country music charts in the 1980s until Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1991. Her death was announced in April, the day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ashley Judd said the praise and praise from her peers couldn’t penetrate her mother’s mental illness.
Judd also revealed that she was the one who found her mother the day she died. “I’m in pain and trauma from discovering her,” Judd said.
There are other details the family hopes to keep private, but Judd encouraged anyone else experiencing mental illness to reach out and talk to someone.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-8255 (Spanish: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or crisis text line by texting HOME to 741741.