(CNN) — Ashley Judd and her family wanted the world to hear from them about how Naomi Judd died.
The young Judd appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired Thursday on “Good Morning America.” She said that her family had agreed that he share the cause of her mother’s death.
“He used a gun,” Ashley Judd said. “A firearm. So that’s information that we feel very uncomfortable sharing.”
She and her sister Wynonna Judd announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother “to mental illness.” She was 76 years old.
Ashley Judd said that she and her family wanted to shine a light on mental illness, explaining that it is “important to distinguish between the loved one and the illness.”
“When we talk about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and make the distinction between our loved one and the illness,” Judd said in the interview. “That lies. It’s wild. And, you know, my mother, our mother, couldn’t take it until her peers inducted her into the Hall of Fame. I mean, that’s the catastrophe level of what was going on inside of her.” because the barrier between the look they had her in couldn’t penetrate her heart. And the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”
Naomi Judd openly wrote about her depression and anxiety in her memoir “River of Time” and her daughter Ashley said it was because of this that she cherished every moment she spent with her mother.
“I really accepted the love that my mother was able to give me because she knew I was fragile,” Judd said. “So when I walked around the back of her house and walked in the kitchen door and she was like, ‘There’s my love, there’s my baby.’ And she turned on. I savored those moments.”
The matriarch died the day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who made up the country music duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ashley Judd said her mother “couldn’t wait” to be recognized by her peers.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. The redheaded duo blended the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop styles, achieving hit after hit in the 1980s. Wynonna led the duo with her own powerful voice, while Naomi provided harmonies and graceful onstage looks.
The Judds released six studio albums and one EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. Together they won a total of five Grammy Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love,” and Naomi won a sixth Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
A memorial is planned for 6 pm ET on Sunday, May 15 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It will be televised by CMT.
“We are truly privileged to work alongside Wynonna and Ashley to present this live celebration of their mother Naomi’s life,” read a statement about the event. “While we all continue to mourn the loss of such a legendary artist, we are honored to commemorate her legacy alongside the nation’s community, her friends, family and legions of fans around the world in the perfect venue: the Mother Church of the Country Music This special will celebrate his timeless voice, his unforgettable spirit and the immense impact he left on our genre through the greatest form of healing we have: music.”
Artists and guest appearances will be announced in the coming days.
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