Country Icon Naomi Judd D!ed By Su!cide, Multiple Sources Confirm

Country Icon Naomi Judd D!ed By Su!cide, Multiple Sources Confirm

Naomi Judd d!ed by su!cide, multiple sources have confirmed.

News of the 76-year-old country icon’s de*th broke over the weekend, but a cause of de*th was not immediately given . In a statement released by the singer’s daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, it was clear that men~tal health was a factor in their mother’s de*th.

The emotional statement said, “Today we sisters experienced a tr*gedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the d!sease of men~tal !llness. We are shattered.”

The statement continued, “We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

Naomi suffered from severe and sometimes debilitating depression. She opened up about that challenging part of her life in a 2016 interview with Robin Roberts. In it, she revealed that her depression had been so bad at certain points that she had been admitted to psychiatric wards and treated with medication and electro-convulsive therapy.

She said that her depression made her feel like an entirely different person, especially in contrast to her rich and famous alter ego. “When people meet me, they think, because they see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she said. “I’m sort of a fantasy ’cause I want to provide that for them, but then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks and not get out of my pajamas, not practice normal hyg!ene. It was really bad.”

After bravely opening up about the severity of her men~tal health condition, Naomi went on to become a spokesperson for those who suffer in the same ways. She wrote, hopefully, about her battle in her book, River of Time.

For 2018’s Men~tal Health Awareness Week, she addressed the families of those who had d!ed by su!cide in a letter that seems even more poignant now. “For everyone mourning the de*th of someone who committed su!cide, an inevitable question arises: Why did this happen? Unfortunately, we don’t have very good answers,” she wrote.

“We do know that su!cidal behavior accompanies many behavioral brain d!sorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar d!sorder, and depression. Su!cide is actually one of the leading causes of preventable de*th among these men~tal !llnesses.”

“People who commit su!cide are experiencing problems with mood, impulse control and aggression, all of which involve discrete circuits in the brain that regulate these aspects of human experience, but we still don’t understand how these circuits go haywire in the brains of su!cide v!ctims.”

On Sunday, the day after her de*th, the musical duo the Judds were inducted into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna accepted the honor on behalf of herself and her mother. She and sister Ashley gave emotional speeches. Ashely told the crowd, “She appreciated your love for her.”

Through tears, she said, “I’m sorry she couldn’t hang on until today.”

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suic!dal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Su!cide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.


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