The Grammy-winning country musician Naomi Judd died last month after shooting herself, her daughter, the actor Ashley Judd, said on Thursday.
Ashley discussed the death of her 76-year-old mother in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“I will share with you that she used a weapon,” Judd said of her mother, who died on 30 April following a long battle with depression. “My mother used a firearm.”
“We’re very uncomfortable sharing but understand that we are in the position [where] if we don’t say it, someone else is going to,” Ashley said.
Ashley’s sister Wynonna, also a renowned singer who formed the Judds with her mother, did not appear on ABC because she was not ready to talk about her mother’s death.
Ashley described Naomi’s last day alive. She had gone to visit her mother at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, she said, before leaving momentarily to welcome a family friend.
When Ashley went to get her mother to let her know about the visitor, she said, she saw her mother had shot herself.
She added that her mother had both resources and support in her battle with depression.