The world was hit with terrible news on April 30th, as it had been revealed by Ashley and Wynonna had revealed that their mother, Naomi Judd had passed away. The news sent shockwaves through the music world. Naomi and her daughter Wynonna made up a country music supergroup called The Judds. They won several Grammys and held worldwide acclaim for their music. However, sadly, Naomi’s death was revealed by her daughters as passing away due “to the disease of mental illness”. Now the cause of her death has been disclosed by her daughter Ashley. Naomi passed away due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While it is certainly grim to report on someone’s death, Ashley has revealed how her mother passed away to likely bring more awareness to depression. She revealed Naomi Judd had taken her own life “with a weapon” and “A firearm. So that’s the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing.” That would be tough for anyone to share at all, especially when it comes to their own mother. We cannot fathom the type of hurt that both Ashley, Wynonna, and the rest of the Judd family are feeling right now. This is truly a tragedy, and it is sad to know that anyone feels trapped and sad enough to take their own life.
Ashley Judd was the one who had discovered her mother, and she explained having trauma and grief from the ordeal. She also revealed that the family wanted to ensure that everyone understands the distinction between the person and the mental illness. That is something quite important to think about when it comes to understanding why someone would take their own life. Depression can cause many people to believe they have no other way out of this world, that they are alone, so they must result to ending their own life. Naomi Judd was beloved by so many people, and she had tragically taken her own life just a day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. There had also been rumors that The Judds were going to reunite and head out on tour quite soon.
Ashley Judd also added, “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.” Ashley is making it known that this is how depression works. No matter how beloved Naomi Judd was by the world and her family, the disease spins a different story in depression sufferers’ heads. We hope the only solace that can be even thought of in this tragedy is that Naomi is at some sort of peace right now.
Naomi Judd will be remembered by so many people around the world. There will be a televised memorial played on CMT (Country Music Television) this Sunday. It is likely to be a quite somber and sad affair, but it will also be a celebration of the life that Naomi lived. She impacted so many people around the world and is one of the best country stars. Our hearts are with the Judd family and anyone else in the world who have known The Judds to change their lives in some grand or minute way. For anyone reading this who has ever felt alone, you are not. Please reach out to anyone, as there are plenty of people that care about you. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line (1-800-273-8255) if you are feeling stuck, alone, and feel no one will listen. Someone will always listen.