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Ashley Judd discloses that country music singer Naomi Judd died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Naomi Judd, the matriarch of the Judds, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound a day before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, according to her family.

In an interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Judd’s daughter Ashley Judd said her mother suffered from mental illness, a sickness that convinces sufferers “you are not loved, you are not enough, you are not worthy.”

“Our mother couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. That was the level of disaster that was going on inside of her,” Ashley Judd, a 54-year-old actor, said.
“She used a weapon. Mother used a firearm,” she said of the death, which was announced on April 30.

Ashley Judd stated in a televised interview that she was releasing the cause of death to preserve “control” over the material before it became public, potentially due to leaks about Judd’s autopsy.

The family’s admission came after news that the number of gun deaths in the United States had risen to its highest level since 1994 during the pandemic. Gun suicides were the primary cause of gun deaths in 2020, according to the United States Department of Justice. In a report released on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated.

The Judds, who included Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd, 57, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1.

Ashley Judd discovered her mother’s body mere minutes after hugging her during a visit to her mother’s Tennessee home. Ashley Judd claimed she went outside to visit a friend and returned home to find her mother upstairs.

“I have both grief and trauma” from discovering the body, Ashley Judd said.

Judd experienced her own mental health battles, which she wrote about in her 2011 memoir, “All That is Bitter and Sweet.” In the book, she urges those experiencing grief or struggling with mental health to seek the help they need.

“I know that there are things that I have done that have been helpful for me and that I’m in a different place than my mom was in,” she said. “And so I can really only speak from my own experience.”

“There is a national suicide hotline and that people who are in distress can call that national suicide hotline. And that there’s the National Alliance for Mental Illness and they, too, have a hotline,” Judd added. “And so I [am] very careful when we talk about this today that for anyone who is having those ideas or those impulses, you know, to talk to someone, to share, to be open, to be vulnerable."

The family asked anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 for assistance (in the U.S.).

Every occurrence of suicide, according to the Philippine Department of Health, is a tragedy that can be averted. People who believe they may be suffering from mental health issues and need assistance can call the following Hopeline hotlines:

  • 804-HOPE (4673)
  • 0917-558-HOPE (4673), or
  • 2919 (toll-free number for Globe and TM subscribers)

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Center for Mental Health hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727); (02) 7-989-USAP; or 1553 (landline to landline, toll-free).

REFERENCE: Inquirer

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