Ashley Judd and her family wanted everyone to know how Naomi Judd died.
The younger Judd appeared on “Good Morning America” on Thursday in an interview with Diane Sawyer. She stated that her family had agreed that she should share the cause of her mother’s death.
Ashley Judd stated, “She used a weapon.” “A weapon. So that’s the piece of information we’re hesitant to share.”
On April 30, she and her sister Wynonna Judd announced the death of their mother “to the disease of mental illness.” She was 76 years old.
Ashley Judd and her family said they wanted to raise awareness about mental illness because it is “important to distinguish between the loved one and the disease.”
Judd said the family reluctantly shared the cause of death before it became public in some other way. She also revealed that she was the one who discovered her mother, who had been outspoken about her battle with depression after it happened.
“I have both grief and trauma from discovering her,” said Judd, who began the interview by thanking everyone for the support she and her family have received in the wake of their grief.
The matriarch died the day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who made up the country music duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ashley Judd said her mother “couldn’t hang on” to be recognized by her peers.