Naomi Judd, a popular American country singer and member of the Grammy-winning country duo The Judds, died suddenly on April 30 at the age of 76. The tragedy occurred on the eve of a significant event – on May 1, it was to be immortalized in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
Naomi overcame incredible odds on her way to becoming an important place in music. Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news,” Hall of Famer CEO Kyle Young said upon learning of the artist’s death.
As initially reported to the Associated Press by her daughters, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd (the other member of the duo), the cause of death was some kind of psychological illness. They also added that they are heartbroken and know that many people loved their mom as much as they did:
Today we, sisters, experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother due to illness. We are broken and feel deep grief. We know that just as we loved her, she was loved by her audience.
The star’s husband, performer Larry Strickland, said at the time that there would be no details about Naomi’s death. However, today Ashley Judd, known for the films “Amnesia”, “Kissing the Girls”, “Frida”, “Divergent” and others, gave an interview for the morning show “Good Morning America” on ABC. She said on the air that her mother committed suicide and that it was she who discovered her when she came to visit her parents.
Since I started, I’ll tell you everything at once,” she began to speak through tears. “I have been given the extremely difficult task of solving the question of how my mother died. She used a firearm. This is something that is very difficult for us to share, but we understand that we are in such a position that if we do not say it, someone else will do it …
I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m at home in Tennessee. That day I was visiting, as always. I went up the stairs to tell her that a good friend of hers had come and found her.
For the past 10 years, Naomi has suffered from depression, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, and suicidal thoughts, she said. It was hard for her to accept the care of loved ones, she felt uncomfortable. Ashley added that her mother took strong psychotropic drugs, including lithium, which caused severe side effects – facial swelling, alopecia and tremor.
Her brain hurt, physically hurt. My mother knew that we saw and heard her torment. When we talk about mental illness, it is very important to be clear and distinguish between a loved one and illness.
Diana Ellen Judd (real name Naomi Judd) was born on January 11, 1946 in Ashland, USA. In 1983, she formed the duo The Judds with her eldest daughter, Wynonna. The band has released five studio albums that have gone either platinum or gold.
In 1990, Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C, which she contracted while working as an intensive care unit nurse in the 1980s.