Ashley Judd says discovering mum Naomi and she died ‘chasing nights’

Ashley Judd wants The Judds singer’s mother to remember how she lived, not how she died.

The double danger Actress and humanitarian penned in a The New York Times A guest article on the horrors of that day – when Naomi Judd committed suicide – and the family’s efforts to keep records from achieving a sealed death.

“April 30, 2022, it was the most heartbreaking day of my life,” Ashley began. “My beloved mother, Naomi Judd, who thought her mental illness would get worse, never get better, took her own life that day. The shock of discovering and then fixating her stressful body haunted my nights.”

The activist said the family is still in mourning for the country star who suffered from mental illness, while “the false and cruel information that has spread about her death, and about our relationships with her, haunts my days. Her horror will only get worse if the details surrounding her death are revealed under law.” Tennessee which generally permits the publication of police reports, including family interviews, from closed investigations.”

Ashley wrote that while she “couldn’t help” Naomi, who “lost a long battle against an unrelenting foe who was ultimately too strong to be defeated,” she “can” do something about how she is remembered. Now that she has learned from the bitter experience of the pain inflicted on the families who One of them died by suicide, I intend to make the subsequent invasion of privacy–the deceased’s privacy and the family’s privacy–a personal cause as well as a legal one.”

Earlier this month, Naomi’s family—Ashley, her sister, The Judds singer Winona, and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland—filed a petition in Tennessee court to shut down police reports and investigation recordings into Naomi’s death. They argued that releasing the records – including interviews with Ashley and Strickland – would cause irreparable shock and harm. Tennessee law typically allows law enforcement records to be released, but police are allowed to keep records while an investigation is underway. Once the investigation is closed, the records are usually released, according to News agency.

In her post, Ashley – who spotted Naomi in a bedroom and was there taking her last breath – said she “felt trapped and powerless as law enforcement officers began to interrogate me while my mother’s last life was fading away” in those last moments. “I wanted to comfort her, and tell her how she was about to see her father and younger brother when she ‘went away home’… Instead, without noting it, I had no choices about when, where and how I would get involved. I started a series of interviews that It felt so compulsive and imposing on me which kept me from the precious end of my mother’s life. At a time when we ourselves were trying so hard to decipher what might have driven her to suicide that day, we each shared all we could think of about my mother, her mental illness, and her agonizing history.”

Ashley explained that the investigators were following protocol – “terrible outdated interviewing procedures and methods of interaction with traumatized or traumatized family members and that the individuals in my mother’s bedroom on that awful day were not bad or wrong. I suppose they did as they were taught.” “. But “the men present left us feeling bereft of any sensitive boundaries, and I was interrogated and, in my case, as if I was a possible suspect in my mother’s suicide.”

She said she hoped the petition would prevent public disclosure of the investigation file, including “police interviews with us at a time when we were most vulnerable” and Naomi’s “very intimate personal and medical information” from not being made public. In any way. She said they were “impatiently waiting for the court’s decision.”

Ashley expressed her “deep sympathy to Vanessa Bryant and all the families who had to endure the agony of the leaked or legal public release of the most intimate raw details surrounding the death. The raw details are only used to fuel the economy of cowardly gossip, and since we can’t rely on basic human decency, we need laws imposing this restriction,” she wrote, calling on leaders in Washington, D.C. and statewide to provide basic protections “for those involved in the police response to mental health emergencies.”

Ashley concluded by remembering her mother and her rise from a small town girl in Kentucky to a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. And while Naomi had no shortage of accolades and accomplishments, “I know her as my mom, who put salt and pepper shakers next to every setting for family dinners and enjoyed talking about topics as diverse as ancient anthropology and neuroscience,” she wrote. “We must remember her how she lived, which was with goofy humor, onstage glory and inexhaustible kindness–not for the private details of how she suffered when she died.”

Ashley shared her post on social media on Wednesday, writing: “Today, I put my soul into describing the four interviews I had no choice to do on the day our beloved mother died, and why this material should remain private to all families in ruins. The next suicide.We need better law enforcement procedures and laws that will allow suffering families and their deceased loved ones more dignity about the agonizing intimate details of their suffering.An autopsy is a public record.So are toxicology reports.We have shared our story candidly, to raise awareness, and reduce stigma , helping people to recognize, and making sure we all know we have mental illness together. What do people want more than our grief?”

Naomi passed away on April 30 at the age of 76. “We have lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” Ashley said in a statement on her behalf and about her sister. The next day, The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, with Wynonna accepting the honor. announced the scheme Judges: Final Round She would go on without her mother but in honor of her.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Ashley and Winona were sacked from Naomi’s will with Strickland serving as executor of her $25 million property. However, the girls and Strickland put a united front soon after in their file to close the Naomi death investigation. According to the documents, Ashley was in “clinical shock, active shock and extreme distress” after her mother’s death and did not want the police interview recordings to be released. Strickland stated that he was not aware that his interviews with the police had been recorded. The petition also stated that the family wanted to prevent the disclosure of Naomi’s medical records.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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