Fans of Naomi Judd were heartbroken to hear the news of her recent passing. She, along with her daughter Winnona Judd, had made a great career for themselves in the country music industry. They had achieved together 14 top-of-the-charts hits, five Grammy Awards and so much more. Their last performance was in 19991, and their fans were elated to hear of them returning to stage for a final tour, but that never happened. Naomi had died before the tour started. Her daughters have announced her death, along with a disclosure that Naomi had in fact killed herself. They have also revealed how their mother had taken her life.
The Late Naomi Judd
Judd died the day before the legendary duo the Judds were set to be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynnona walked up to the stage with her sister to accept the award with a broken heart.
“I’m gonna make this fast because my heart’s broken — and I feel so blessed,” Wynonna said, addressing the audience. “I mean, it’s a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed.” What followed was a short video that acted as a sort of memorial for the mother that raised the Judd girls.
Naomi had long since dealt with the exhausting effects of mental illness. Her husband, Larry Strickland had passed away 35 years ago, which was hard to handle. She described how it felt for her in an interview with People: “Nobody can understand it unless you’ve been there. Think of the very worst day of your whole life – someone passed away, you lost your job, you found out you were being betrayed, that your child had a rare disease – you can take all of those at once and put them together and that’s what depression feels like.”
She Took Her Own Life
On the day of her mother’s death, Judd said she was home in Tennessee and went to visit her mother as she always did. In an interview with Good Morning America, Judd opened up to how she disovered her Naomi.
“Mom said to me, ‘Will you stay with me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will,’” Judd said. Later, Judd went outside to greet a friend of her mother’s who arrived. “I went upstairs to let her know the friend was there, and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovering her. My mother is entitled to her dignity and her privacy. And so there are some things that we would just like to retain as a family.”
.@ashleyjudd to @dianesawyer on her late mother Naomi Judd: “Our mother couldn't hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. I mean, that is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her.“ https://t.co/HNL2XqNE6z pic.twitter.com/Uzi7X0hUDG— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 12, 2022