Last week saw the tragic passing of country singer Naomi Judd, mother of Wynona (#1 FEAR) and Ashley Judd (#13 FCIR).  We use term “tragic” particularly because it has since been revealed that Naomi took her own life, having suffered from depression and mental illness for years.  Said Ashley Judd, who was with her on the her final day, “Mom said to me, ‘Will you stay with me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will.'”  Sometime later, Judd went outside to bring in a friend of her mother’s who had arrived. “I went upstairs to let her know that the friend was there and I discovered her.”  According to reports, Naomi ended her life with a firearm.

Naomi, a #11 FCAL, was indeed a conflicted soul, trying to fight the “angels and demons” inside of her, say those close to her.  In fact, back in the early 90s, an overzealous fan joined Naomi’s Pentecostal church just do see the Judds, which really bothered her.  “It really burdened me,” said Naomi at the time.  “I just don’t sign autographs at church. The best way I can explain it to children … is to say, ‘Honey, Jesus is the star.'”  Naomi also reportedly suffered from anxiety attacks that stemmed from rape as a child, crisis pregnancy, and her battle with hepatitis C.

Other #11 females in the past have suffered from various mental struggles, from Elizabeth Taylor to Audrey Hepburn to Annette Funicello.  As we have mentioned in previous articles before, the #11 female in particular is prone to take the world upon their shoulders, bearing not only their own burdens but also those of those close to them.  Unfortunately, they also often attempt to put on a “good front” on ugly matters, which Naomi did, to the detriment of the Judd family, which can be seen on their reality show which appeared years back.  Naomi was candid about this years back when she stated in an interview, “We all want to be loved and accepted and it’s scary to show that part of you that is the not-so-smart, not-so-together side.”

Wynona did not speak at the funeral, saying she needed time to process her mother’s death (not surprising for an emotive #1).  At the funeral, however, daughter Ashley stated, “My heart is filled with something else, too. Incandescent rage. Because my mother was stolen from me by the disease of mental illness, by the wounds she carried from a lifetime of injustices that started when she was a girl.”  The family then gathered around Naomi’s coffin and recited Psalm 23.

Written by: Staff
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