‘Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free’

Ashley Judd posts a heartwarming message to her mother Naomi Judd telling her to “be free” from her mental health battle. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Ashley Judd is thanking the public for the outpouring of love following the death of her mother, Naomi Judd, aged 76.

The actress and humanitarian shared photos taken in the days since the Judds singer died on Saturday, reportedly by suicide. She shared how her family has mourned the iconic country superstar, sending a heartwarming message to her mother, who has long struggled with her mental health.

“Speechless,” is how Ashley began the post before detailing what the photos were of, including one alongside her sister Wynonna Judd looking at the plaque inducting the mother-daughter Judds act into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after Naomi’s death.

The kiss the girls The star shared photos of “my altar for mom,” which included a silhouette portrait from when Naomi was 11, as well as flowers, candles, and a small pamphlet titled “grief therapy.”

Ashley went on to share that her family was together celebrating Naomi’s life with a song. Two videos showed them “singing hymns tonight” with one of their “stripped pops,” Naomi’s gospel singer husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland, “singing ‘How Great Thou Art’ to me on my sleeping porch.”

(Screenshot: Ashley Judd via Instagram)

Ashley shared a picture of the altar she made for her late mother. It focuses on a portrait of Naomi at age 11. (Screenshot: Ashley Judd via Instagram)

“Your outpouring is getting to me,” Ashley wrote to her followers. “Thank you for every thought, prayer, message, text, email, post, expression. Each of us stands alone and in communion, broken and sustained, protected from nothing and sustained in everything. It is the beginning of an old story, the life. and death, loss and life.”

She ended by writing, “Be free my beautiful mother. Be free,” adding the hash tags “#honorthymother” and “#honorthymusic.”

(Screenshot: Ashley Judd via Instagram)

Ashley accompanied her sister Wynonna to the Judds Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony the day after Naomi’s death. The Judds were scheduled to do a farewell tour later this year. (Screenshot: Ashley Judd via Instagram)

Naomi died on Saturday at the age of 76. A day later, Wynonna, with Ashley by her side, still attended The Judds’ induction ceremony.

“I didn’t cook anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk more,” Wynonna, 57, began her comments. “I’m going to make this quick, because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. weird dynamic, to be so broken and so blessed.”

Ashley also spoke, through tears, telling the audience, “My mom loved you guys so much, and I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through today.”

Naomi was a long-time mental health advocate, suffering from suicidal depression and anxiety. Multiple sources confirmed People magazine who committed suicide.

Speaking immediately after Naomi’s death, Ashley said the sisters “lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.” Strickland said: “Naomi Judd’s family requests privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time.”

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

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