Country singer Naomi Judd died April 30 and her public memorial will be held Sunday, May 15 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Ahead of this celebration of her life, former Dancing With the Stars and Hollywood Squares host Tom Bergeron sent a message to Naomi’s daughters, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd, who will compete in season 16 of the dance competition series start went.
Bergeron wrote the message after Ashley’s appearance on Good Morning America, where she opened up about her mother’s death and revealed the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“I will always remember your mother,
@AshleyJudd, for her sweet generosity. Between takes of Hollywood Squares, I told her about a family member who, like her, had contracted Hep C. She immediately offered to call her and offer support, which she later did,” Bergeron wrote.
During the interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Ashley said her mother experienced a “disaster” that was happening to her.
“My mother knew she was seen and heard in her agony… and she was taken home. Our mother couldn’t help being recognized by her peers. This is the catastrophic level of what was going on inside her. Because the barrier between the respect she was showing her couldn’t penetrate her heart and the lie the illness was telling her was so compelling,” the actress said.
Naomi previously spoke to Today about her struggles, telling the morning show in 2017, “I haven’t gotten off my couch in two years. I was so depressed I couldn’t move… My husband (Larry Strickland) and my girlfriends and Ashley came over and I just went upstairs and locked the door to my bedroom… You became unable to move.”
She added: “We don’t make enough of the good neurochemicals in the brain. It’s an illness. It has nothing to do with our character… I was dangerously depressed.”
She also told Today that she had considered suicide.
“It can get that bad,” she said. “It’s hard to describe. You go into this deep, dark hole of depression and you don’t think there’s another minute.’”
On Sunday, May 15, CMT will air Naomi Judd’s public memorial service without commercial breaks. The special will include “tributes to Wynonna & Ashley Judd with performances to be announced soon and special appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment,” according to the CMT press release.
“We feel truly privileged to be working with Wynonna, Ashley and others [Naomi’s husband] Larry to present this live celebration of life for her mother and wife Naomi. As we all continue to deeply mourn the loss of such a legendary artist, we are honored to join the country community, her friends, family and legions of fans around the world in commemorating her legacy in the perfect place: the Mother Church of country music This special will celebrate her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she has left on our genre through the best form of healing we have – music,” CMT producers said in a statement.
“Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration” to “honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd” will premiere Sunday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT aired on CMT.
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