Ashley Judd shares heartbreaking details about her mother Naomi’s final moments

Ashley Judd has been on an emotional roller coaster since she lost her mother, country music legend Naomi Judd, to suicide in April. Over the years, the “Love Can Build A Bridge” singer has been open about her journey with mental illness.

In her 2016 memoir, “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope,” Naomi explained the “rock-like weight of my severe, treatment-resistant depression and terrifying panic attacks” (via USA Today). Naomi also explained in a 2017 letter to NBC News that her past trauma contributed to her long battle with depression and anxiety. “Depression is partly genetic and I have it on both sides of my family,” shared the beloved country singer.

Ashley revealed on Instagram that her mother passed away. “Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” she wrote. “We are shaken. We are navigating deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her.” At the time of Naomi Judd’s death, the popular country singer was 76 years old. Ashley Judd has been trying to pick up the pieces and stay positive as she copes with the loss of her mother. Since her death, Ashley has been deprived of her privacy and interrogated in her final moments with the beloved singer.

Ashley Judd felt questioned in her mother’s final moments

Ashley Judd, who is in the public eye, sympathizes with those who have had to deal with losses in the public eye, declaring that privacy should be a “basic human decency” rather than fostering a “gossip economy”.

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The ‘Double Jeopardy’ actor revealed that the moments following her mother’s death were difficult and she has been in “acute shock, trauma, panic and distress” ever since. “In the wake of a life-changing tragedy, the authorities show up to speak to us,” she wrote in an August essay for The New York Times, adding that she was too shaken to consider her responses or even begin reflect on their own privacy issues.

The Emmy-nominated actress later added that while she tried to be helpful in her mother’s final moments, she hoped it could have been handled differently and with more privacy and care. “I felt cornered and powerless when law enforcement officers began questioning me as my mother’s last life faded,” she added. “I wanted to comfort her and tell her that when she ‘went home,’ as we say in Appalachia, she would see her daddy and younger brother.” Losing a loved one is very difficult, but Ashley said she was “at peace” with the “close relationship” they had, as of today.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 988.