“He used a weapon,” said Ashley Judd. “A firearm. So this is the piece of information that we are very anxious to share.”
He and his sister, Venona Judd, announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother to a “mental illness.” She was 76 years old.
Ashley Judd said she and her family wanted to shed light on mental illness, stating that “it is important to distinguish between love and illness.”
“I am both saddened and shocked by her discovery,” said Judd, who began the interview and thanked everyone for the support he and his family have had in his grief.
The day before he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he and his daughter Venona, who formed the national music duo The Judges, died.
Ashley Judd said her mother “can’t hang on” to be recognized by her peers.
“It’s the level of destruction that was going on inside him,” Jude said. “Because the thing they stopped him from getting into could not get into his heart, and the lie that the disease told him was so convincing.”
The grandparents attended the ceremony and paid tribute to their mother.