Ashley Judd opens up about the recent suicide of her mother, singer Naomi Judd

Marine Corviole

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Ashley Judd isn’t the only star in her family, as her mother and sister Wynonna formed a famous country music duo. Naomi Judd battled depression for years and committed suicide in late April at the age of 76.

On April 30, Naomi Judd was found dead at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. The country singer committed suicide after struggling with severe depression for several years. It was his daughters, actress Ashley Judd, 54, and her sister Wynonna, 57, who announced the sad news shortly after the tragedy.

Ashley Judd, guest of the show “Good Morning America,” Thursday, May 12, opened up about her mother’s suicide: “She used a gun. My mother used a gun. This is therefore the information that we are very uncomfortable sharing,” the actress explained. The Ruby in Paradise, Heat and Double Game star revealed it was her who found her mother: “It was a day like any other. I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m home in Tennessee. I was at home… and Mom said to me, “Will you stay with me?” And I said, “Of course.” Ashley Judd then opened the door to a visitor: “I went to tell her a friend was there and I spotted her… I’m torn between grief and trauma.

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Naomi Judd and Ashley Judd at the premiere of ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ in Hollywood March 18, 2013.

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Coming back to this recent and painful episode, the actress aims to raise public awareness: “When we talk about mental disorders, it’s very important to be clear and to differentiate between the loved one and the illness,” she explained. In her opinion, the fact that her mother couldn’t stand it until she was inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame, which took place the day after her death, shows how ill she was.

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Naomi Judd’s health problems began after the end of the duet she formed with her daughter Wynonna in 2011. Just five years later, she spoke openly about her depression and his fear in “Good Morning America”:[Les fans] See me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that’s really me. But then I came home and didn’t leave the house for three weeks, didn’t get out of my pajamas and didn’t have normal hygiene. It was really serious.”

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