Tom Bergeron Pens Touching Message About Naomi Judd

Country singer Naomi Judd died on April 30 and her public memorial is Sunday, May 15 on the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Ahead of that celebration of her life, former “Dancing With the Stars” and “Hollywood Squares” host Tom Bergeron despatched a message to Naomi’s daughters, actress Ashley Judd and singer Wynonna Judd, who competed on season 16 of the dancing competitors collection.

Bergeron Said Naomi Judd Was Full of ‘Sweet Generosity’

Bergeron wrote the message after Ashley’s look on “Good Morning America” the place she talked about her mother’s loss of life, revealing that the way of loss of life was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“I’ll at all times bear in mind your mother,
@AshleyJudd, for her candy generosity. Between taping ‘Hollywood Squares,’ I informed her of a member of the family who, like her, contracted hep C. She instantly supplied to name them and provide help, which she later did,” wrote Bergeron.

During the interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Ashley mentioned that her mom was experiencing a “disaster” occurring inside her.

“My mom knew that she was seen and he or she was heard in her anguish … and he or she was walked residence. Our mom could not hold on to be acknowledged by her friends. That is the extent of disaster of what was occurring within her. Because the barrier between the regard wherein they held her could not penetrate into her coronary heart and the lie the illness informed her was so convincing,” mentioned the actress.

Naomi Judd Was Outspoken About Her Mental Health Struggles

Naomi beforehand spoke to “Today” about her struggles, telling the morning show in 2017, “I did not get off my sofa for 2 years. I used to be so depressed that I could not transfer … My husband (Larry Strickland) and my girlfriends and Ashley would come over and I’d simply go upstairs and lock the door to my bed room … You turn out to be immobilized.”

She added, “We do not make sufficient of the nice neurochemicals within the mind. It’s a illness. It has nothing to do with our character … I used to be dangerously depressed.”

She additionally informed “Today” that she had thought of suicide.

“That’s how unhealthy it might get,” she mentioned. “It’s exhausting to explain. You go down on this deep, darkish gap of melancholy and you do not suppose that there is one other minute.'”

On Sunday, May 15, CMT is airing Naomi Judd’s public memorial with out business interruption. The particular will embody “tributes from Wynonna & Ashley Judd with soon-to-be-announced performances and particular appearances from a number of the greatest names in leisure,” in line with the CMT press launch.

“We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna, Ashley, and [Naomi’s husband] Larry to current this reside celebration of life for his or her mom and spouse Naomi. While all of us proceed to deeply mourn the lack of such a legendary artist, we’re honored to commemorate her legacy alongside the nation group, her mates, household and legions of followers the world over on the excellent venue: The Mother Church of Country Music. This particular will rejoice her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impression she left on our style by means of one of the best type of therapeutic we have now – music,” mentioned the CMT producers in an announcement.

“Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration,” to “honor the extraordinary life and legacy of nation music icon Naomi Judd,” airs Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on CMT.


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