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Ashley Judd Reveals “Grief and Trauma” After Finding Her Mother Naomi Moments After Her Death

In a heartbreaking interview, Ashley Judd opened up about the death of her mother, Naomi Judd. As most of you know, Naomi committed suicide back on April 30. She was 76-years-old and had been battling depression for years.

During a candid interview on Good Morning America, Ashley talked about how difficult it was being the one to find her mother, moments after she had shot herself in the head.

It was a mixed day. So I see my Mom and Pop every day when I’m home in Tennessee. So I was at the house visiting as I am every day. And Mom said to me, ‘Will you stay with me?’ and I said, ‘Of course I will’

At some point during the visit, a friend of Naomi’s was scheduled to arrive, so Ashley went down to let them in. And when she came back upstairs to let her mom know her friend had arrived, she found her dead.

I went upstairs to let her know that the friend was there and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovering her. She used a weapon … my mother used a firearm. So that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that if we don’t say it someone else is going to.

What a terrible thing for a daughter to discover. Hopefully people are checking in on her constantly. That’s just… not something one should ever witness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her.

During the interview, Ashley revealed that her mother had struggled with her mental health for so long. She explained that her brain “physically” hurt her in the final days.

I knew there would come a time when she would be gone — whether it was sooner or whether it was later. Whether it was by the disease or another cause.

Geez. Don’t really know what else to say. If you know someone who is struggling… reach out. Don’t wait.