U.S. singer and actress Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946; passed away on April 30, 2022). In 1983, she and her daughter Wynonna founded the pair known as The Judds, which became a hugely successful country music group, winning five Grammy Honors and nine Country Music Association awards.
After Naomi’s diagnosis with hepatitis in 1991, the band stopped playing together permanently; Wynonna continued her career as a solo artist, but they periodically reassembled for concerts as The Judds. Naomi battled with mental health concerns throughout her life. On April 30, 2022, the day before she and Wynonna were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, she shot herself in the head.
Naomi Judd Autopsy Confirms Singer Died By Suicide
According to the autopsy results, Naomi Judd shot herself in the head and died. Williamson County, Tennessee, Medical Examiner’s Office reports that the autopsy found the late country music star had a number of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. In addition, the weapon and “a note with suicidal overtones” written by Naomi were discovered next to the body and retrieved by ET from the autopsy report.
In addition, a toxicology report is included, which reveals that she was taking multiple drugs for depression. Suicide by a gunshot wound to the head is stated as the official cause of death. The report was summarised as follows: “At 10:57 a.m. on 4/30/2022, family members found the body of a white female resident, identified as the decedent. Someone dialed 911. After receiving a call about a dead person at a house, paramedics rushed to the scene and took the body to Williamson Medical Center. Dr. Tanner Boyd pronounced death at 12:35 a.m. on 4/30/2022, shortly after the patient arrived at the emergency room.”
The next day, the day Naomi and Wynonna Judd were set to be honored into the Country Music Hall of Fame as the mother-daughter combo The Judds, an autopsy was done. Friday, the family sent a statement to the Associated Press in which they claimed, “Both the good times and the bad times that come with being a family have always been openly discussed among us. Our family’s history includes an unjust adversary who harassed our matriarch.
She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder, conditions that affect millions of people in the United States.” Ashley Judd, Naomi’s daughter, broke the news hours after her death, saying, “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” Ashley would eventually reveal Naomi’s death was a suicide in a prerecorded interview on Good Morning America. Ashley claims she found her dead body in her house.
She rushed upstairs to tell her that her buddy had arrived and said, “I found her.” “Finding her has caused me both pain and trauma.” The singer’s family asked a judge to keep the investigation into her death under wraps months after her passing. The family claimed they would experience “severe trauma and irreparable injury” if the police reports and recordings were made public.
The family is opposed to the report’s release for a number of reasons. For one, doing so would make public sensitive medical information and police interviews with family members. Larry Strickland, Naomi’s widower, stated in a statement attached to the petition that he didn’t realize his conversations with police were being recorded and that he volunteered sensitive information to help investigators.
A statement from Ashley, included in the petition, describes her state of mind throughout her interactions with police as “clinical shock, active trauma, and acute anguish.” She went on to say that she does not want recordings or photographs of the incident to remain in the public domain because she believes it will haunt their family for years to come.
The fact that Ashley discovered Naomi alive after she had shot herself is also mentioned in the petition submitted on behalf of Strickland, Ashley, and Wynonna Judd. According to the paperwork, Ashley waited with her mother for half an hour before calling for assistance.
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