Naomi Judd, the legendary country music star and one half of The Judds, died of a self-inflicted firearm wound, her daughter Ashley Judd revealed.
Naomi breathed her last on April 30, just one day before her scheduled induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with her other daughter Wynona Judd.
Ashley disclosed the cause of her mother’s death in an interview aired on ABC‘s “Good Morning America” on Thursday.
“She used a weapon . mother used a firearm,” Judd told Diane Sawyer. “So that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing.”
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” Ashley and her sister Wynonna announced in a joint statement on April 30, without specifying the reason.
Naomi and Wynonna formed the country music duo The Judds in 1983. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, the day after her death.
In Ashley’s opinion, Naomi “couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers.”
“That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her. Because the barrier between the regard in which they held her couldn’t penetrate into her heart and the lie the disease told her was so convincing,” she added.
As country music’s most famous mother-daughter team, The Judds scored twenty top ten hits and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. They won five Grammy Awards. Naomi won a Country Song of the Year Grammy for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
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