Naomi Judd Cause Of Death Disclosed By Daughter Ashley Judd: “The Lie The Disease Told Her Was So Convincing”

country music superstar Naomi Judd Died of self-shot wounds on April 30, daughter Ashley Judd said on abc good Morning America today.

“Mom used a shotgun,” Judd told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an emotional interview this morning. “This is information we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we are in a position that if we don’t say it, someone else is leaving.”

Watch an excerpt from the interview below.

Actress Judd said, “She was clearly a victim, and as such, her days until that moment were hurtful to her.” She said she was authorized by the Judd family to discuss Naomi’s death to spread awareness about the disease of mental illness and the treatments available.

“There are some things we would like to maintain as a family,” she said. “Both Sister and Pope” [Judd’s stepfather Larry Strickland] In some ways I have been deputed to speak on behalf of the family at this early time before things about April 30 become public without our control.

“When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important and — to be clear, and to make a distinction between your loved one and the illness,” she said. “It is so real – and that is enough – it is a lie. It is barbaric.”

Judd said that Naomi “couldn’t stop until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. There’s this level of devastation to what was going on inside her, because of the respect they had with her.” The barrier between him could not enter his heart, and the lie that the disease had told him was so reassuring.”

The judges, including Naomi, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1. Joining was announced last summer.

Today’s interview comes days ahead of a scheduled public memorial for the five-time Grammy winner, an event that will air live this Sunday on CMT. Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration Being produced by CMT and Sandbox Live in partnership with the Judd family. CMT will air the public memorial service as a commercial-free special exclusively on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT.

—Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report

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