Her family said that country music star Naomi Judd had died of a gunshot wound


Her family said Thursday (May 12) that Naomi Judd, head of country music duo Gods, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Her daughter, Ashley Judd, said in an interview broadcast on ABC’s Good Morning America that Judd, 76, suffers from mental illness, an illness that tells victims “you’re not loved, you’re not enough, you don’t deserve.”

Actress Ashley Judd, 54, said: “Our mother couldn’t hold out 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.”

“She used a gun. Her mother used a firearm,” a spokeswoman said of the death announced on April 30.

Ashley Judd said she was revealing the cause of death in a TV interview to maintain “control” of information before it was released, possibly through leaks about Judd’s autopsy.

The family’s revelation came on the heels of news that the US gun death rate during the pandemic had risen to its highest point since 1994. Armed suicide The main cause of death by firearms In a report published on Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total was 24,245 in 2020.

Naomi and her daughter Winona Judd, 57, formed The Judds, the guitar-playing duo that was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1.

It was Ashley Judd who found her mother’s body, just minutes after cuddling her during a visit at her mother’s home in Tennessee. Ashley Judd said she went out to meet a friend and when she came back inside she found her mother upstairs.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked” by the discovery of the body, Ashley Judd said.

The family urged anyone with suicidal thoughts to seek help.

Where to get help:

Samaritans of Singapore 24-hour hotline: 1-767

Institute of Mental Health Helpline: 6389 2222

Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT):

Singapore Mental Health Association Helpline: 1800283 7019

Sameh CIT: 9179 4087/9179 4085 or samhsayit [at]

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Other mental health mobile apps: CARA Unmask, Safe Space, Intellect, MindFi, Myloh

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