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#JamesDonaldson On #MentalHealth – #NaomiJudd Died By #Suicide After Longtime Illness: Report

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By Erin Keller

#NaomiJudd died by #suicide after long battle with #mentalillness

#NaomiJudd, one-half of the iconic country music duo #TheJudds, reportedly died by #suicide after years of struggling with #mentalillness.

Naomi’s daughters, #Wynonna and #Ashley, said they lost their mom to “the disease of #mentalillness” in a statement released on Saturday.

On Monday, multiple sources told People that the 76-year-old country music icon had killed herself. No further details were provided.

The Post has reached out for comment from representatives of the singers.

Larry Strickland, Naomi’s husband of 32 years, had also previously made a statement. “Naomi Judd’s family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time,” he said.

Naomi and Wynonna, 57, were inducted into the #CountryMusicHallofFame on Sunday.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most,” a tearful Wynonna told the audience at the Nashville ceremony. “I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed.”

Naomi Judd
#NaomiJudd died Saturday at age 76.

#James Donaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

Order your copy of James Donaldson’s latest book,

Celebrating Your Gift of Life:

From The Verge of Suicide to a Life of Purpose and Joy

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#AshleyJudd weeps over mom Naomi’s death: ‘I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on’

“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” a crying Ashley said, adding, “While this is so much about the Judds as a duo, I want to take a moment to recognize my sister, a GOAT.”

Earlier last month, #Naomi and #Wynonna had announced they would reunite for a celebratory final tour that was set to launch in September.

“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” #Wynonna said on Sunday.

#Naomi had been candid about her #mentalhealthstruggles in the past. In 2016, she revealed her battles with “extreme” and “severe depression” that left her housebound on “#GoodMorningAmerica.”

“[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she told anchor Robin Roberts at the time. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.”

“When I came off the tour, I went into this deep, dark, absolutely terrifying hole and I couldn’t get out,” she continued. “I spent two years on my couch.” The country icon further shared that she had considered taking her own life at a bridge near her farm.

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In 2016, #Naomi wrote a book, titled “#RiverofTime: #MyDescentIntoDepression and How I Emerged With Hope,” to go public with her diagnosis and to let people know that #mentalillness is “not a character flaw, it’s a stinking disease.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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