Ashley Judd has given a heartbreaking first TV interview about the “grief and trauma” from being first on the scene at her mother’s suicide.
Actress Ashley Judd has opened up about her country legend mother’s death, revealing she is dealing with the “trauma” of being the first person to discover her mum’s body after her suicide.
She also revealed the method her mother Naomi had used to take her own life, which under Australian guidelines about the reporting of suicide, news.com.au has decided not to repeat.
In the interview with Good Morning AmericaJudd said the family wanted to share such details before they were made public elsewhere.
“So that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that if we don’t say it someone else is going to,” she said.
Ashley explained she was asked to share the cause of death news with the world by the family in order to shed light on mental illness.
She also spoke about how Naomi was set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Our mother couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers,” she said. “That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on the inside of her, 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 also revealed details of Naomi’s final day in Tennessee.
“It was a mixed day,” the actress said. “I visit with my mum and pop every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so I was at the house visiting as I am every day. Mum said to me, ‘Will you stay with me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will.’… I went upstairs to let her know that her good friend was there and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovering her,” she said.
“When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to make the distinction between the loved one and the disease,” she said.
“My mother knew that she was seen and she was heard in her anguish, and she was walked home.”
Ashley and Wynonna announced their mother’s death via a statement shared to social media.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the joint statement read. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in an unknown territory.”
Just weeks before her death, Naomi and daughter Wynonna reunited at the CMA Awards for a performance. The duo also announced they were going back on a tour for the first time in 10 years.
This story originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission