Ashley Judd shares heartbreaking details about Mom Naomi Judd’s suicide death


Less than two weeks after singer Naomi Judd took her own life, her daughter Ashley Judd is sharing heartbreaking details about her mother’s death.

In a new interview “Good Morning America,” Ashley confirmed her mother took her own life, saying the crippling depression suffered by the country music superstar was simply more than she could bear.

“I will share with you that she used a weapon. Mother used a firearm,” Ashley told ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

The daughter of a deceased father said she felt obliged to speak out before the autopsy was made public.

“I was at the house visiting as I am everyday, and mom said to me, ‘Will you stay with me?’ and I said, ‘Of course I will,’”Ashley said.

Ashley said she went outside to greet a visitor, but when she returned it was too late.

“I went upstairs to let her know the friend was there, and I discovered her,”Ashley said.

Just a few weeks before, Naomi showed Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander her sprawling Tennessee property. She gushed how she loved spending time with daughters, Ashley and Wynonna, who live next door.

To an outsider, it seemed impossible — how could the beloved singer take her own life the day before she was 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,”Ashley Judd stated. “That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her.”

“The lie that the disease told her was so convincing,”Ashley went on.

“And it’s the lie that you are not —?” Sawyer asked.

“That you’re not enough, that you’re not loved, that you’re not worthy,”Ashley said.

Ashley said that her mother planned everything for her funeral. The service was held in private on Saturday. Dolly Parton opened and closed the service. Naomi selected the songs to be performed, as well as her own. “Love Can Build a Bridge.” 

On Sunday, Nashville will hold a public tribute to Naomi Judd. CMT will broadcast it live.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers confidential support to people in distress 24 hours a day. The hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. Or, people can chat online at