Ashley Judd saidGood morning, AmericaTalk to Diane Sawyer about her mother’s death and how the Judz family has dealt with it in the weeks since then. She said her family wanted to control the flow of information about death before the autopsy was announced.
“She used a weapon … my mother used a firearm,” Ashley told Sawyer. “It’s very offensive information we share, but understand that we’re in a position where someone else would go if we didn’t say it.”
Ashley said she was represented by her family to discuss the death of her mother, to shed light on her illness and on the road for fans in need.
“My mother knew she was seen, heard in suffering, and went home,” she said. “When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and distinct. We’re sick with our loved ones. It’s very realistic, it’s a lie, it’s barbaric.”
Ashley also said she couldn’t continue to face the illness, despite her mother’s imminent guidance to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum.
“Our mother couldn’t cling to her until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” she said. “It’s the level of catastrophe that’s happening inside her, because the barriers to what they held her couldn’t penetrate her mind, and the illness was so convincing to her. It’s a lie I told you. “
Ashley also elaborated on the mother’s final day.
“It was a mixed day,” she said. “When I’m at home in Tennessee, I visit and pop with my mom every day, so I visit my house almost every day. Mom told me,” You’re with me. Will you be there? “And I said,” Of course I will. “… I went upstairs to let her know that her best friend was there and I found her. By discovering her, I have both her sadness and trauma. “
She also recommended that fans contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) if they need help.
In a statement issued by Ashley Judd and her sister, Wynonna, shortly after her mother’s death, the two attributed her death to a “mental illness.”
“Today, our sisters have experienced a tragedy,” the Associated Press said in a statement. “We lost our beautiful mother to a mental illness. It shattered. We overcame deep sorrow and we knew she was loved by the masses because we loved her. We are in an unknown territory. “
The day after Naomi Judd’s death, The Judds, a musical duo consisting of Wynonna Judd and her mother, was introduced in tears to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I didn’t prepare anything because I thought my mom would talk the most tonight,” Wainona told the audience in an introduction. “My heart is broken, so I’m going to make this faster, and I feel very fortunate. It’s a very strange dynamic that this is broken and blessed … My heart is broken But we keep singing because it’s our job. “