The autopsy report confirmed the official cause of Naomi Judd’s death: she shot herself in the head.
According to the report from the Williamson County, Tennessee, Medical Examiner’s Office, the late country music singer also had anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health problems. ET also got a copy of the 13-page autopsy report, which says that Naomi left “a note with suicidal overtones” near her body, along with the weapon.
Based on a toxicology report, report also says that she was taking different medicines for depression. The cause of death is written as “gunshot wound to the head,” and the cause of death is reported as “suicide.”
According to the report’s summary, “The person who died was a 76-year-old white woman found unresponsive in her home at about 10:57 a.m. on April 30, 2022. Someone called 911. The body of the person who died was taken to Williamson Medical Center by the ambulance service that was called. Dr. Tanner Boyd said the person died at 12:35 a.m. on April 30, 2022, not long after the person got to the emergency room.”
The next day, an autopsy was done. That was the same day Naomi and Wynonna Judd, who sang together as The Judds, were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Friday, the family said in a statement to The Associated Press, “We have always been honest about both the happy and sad parts of being a family. One part of our story is that our matriarch had an unfair enemy who kept bothering her. She got help for PTSD and bipolar disorder, which affects many people in the U.S.”
Ashley Judd, Naomi’s daughter, said, “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” This was hours after the news of Naomi’s death. Ashley would later say that Naomi shot herself in the head and died in a pre-recorded interview on Good Morning America. Ashley also said that she found her dead body at her house.
“I went upstairs to find her and tell her that her good friend was there,” she said. “Finding out about her has made me sad and scared.”
Months after her death, her family asked the judge to keep the police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death from being made public. The family said that if the public could see the police reports and recordings, it would cause them “significant trauma and irreparable harm.”
The family doesn’t want the records to be made public for a number of other reasons. For example, if the report were made public, it would reveal medical records and conversations that family members had with police during the investigation.
In a statement, Larry Strickland, Naomi’s husband, said that he didn’t know his interviews with police were being recorded and that he told them personal and private information to help them. This statement was included with the petition.
As part of the petition, Ashley wrote a statement in which she said that when she talked to the police, she was in “clinical shock, active trauma, and acute distress.” She also said that she doesn’t want the video, audio, and photos to stay in the public domain forever because it would be bad for their family for many years.
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