Trigger warning ⚠️ Suicide
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Okay, for those of you who don’t know, Naomi Judd was a country music artist who was one half of the mother daughter duo known as “The Judds.”
Wynonna Judd is the other half of that duo and has had a solo career as well.
Ashley Judd is also her daughter and is a famous actress and activist.
Naomi was 76 years old when she died by suicide two days ago.
I don’t know why I feel so personally devastated by this one. I mean, I knew of her songs just like anyone else my age or older. I knew her story. She was a nurse with an out of control kid who found that music was the way to reach her. She wrote songs like “Love Can Build a Bridge” and became famous.
Maybe it’s that you could see her house from I-65 just south of Franklin, Tennessee and I’ve driven past there dozens of times when visiting family.
Maybe it’s just that we share mental illness and so I consider her part of my “tribe.”
I really can’t explain it.
The important thing here is that it does impact me.
It probably impacts a lot of people.
I read somewhere in the past few days that 20% of suicides are in people over the age of 60.
That is startling to me.
We have to do better.
This is just so terribly sad.
It’s always sad. Not just when it is a famous person. I just don’t always know when the person across town dies by suicide or the friend of my friend does.
Prayers for her family.