Ashley Judd has shared a second statement in the wake of her mother Naomi Judd‘s passing. “Speechless,” Ashley began her tribute.
Ashley Judd Shares Second Statement In the Wake of Her Mother’s Passing
“In the beloved community with my big sister, gazing at the new bronze plaque inducting thejuddsofficial and wynonnajudd into the @officialcmhof – listening to #grandpa, my altar to mama, with her silhouette from when she was 11, my bereft Pop larrystrickland7 singing” How Great Thou Art” for me on my sleeping Porch (we are singing hymns this evening). Sister, mom, and me on Little Cat Creek in Lawerence County, Ky.”
“Your outpouring is reaching me,” she continued. “Thank you for every thought, prayer, message, text, email, post, expression. We each are alone and we are in fellowship, broken and held, protected from nothing and sustained in everything. It’s the beginning of an old story, life, and death, loss, and life.”
“Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free,” Ashley Judd concluded.
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Naomi took her own life this past Saturday after a longtime battle with mental illness at 76 years old.
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, first announced their mother’s death in a statement on Instagram.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. 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,” the statement read. “We are in an unknown territory.”
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An additional statement from Naomi’s husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland, stated how the “…family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time.”
Naomi had a long history of advocating for mental wellness, and in 2018, she penned an open letter for Mental Health Awareness Week.
“For everyone mourning the death of someone who committed suicide, an inevitable question arises: Why did this happen? Unfortunately, we don’t have very good answers,” she wrote at the time. “We do know that suicidal behavior accompanies many behavioral brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Suicide is actually one of the leading causes of preventable death among these mental illnesses.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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