American singer and actor Naomi Judd passed away on April 30, 2022, at the age of 76. The autopsy report confirmed previous reports that the singer suffering from mental health issues had died by suicide.
The autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press confirmed that Naomi Judd died by suicide and was found unresponsive in her home by her family on April 30. Judd’s daughter Ashley Judd revealed in an interview that the singer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The report also stated that Judd had a “past medical history significant for anxiety, depress, bipolar disorder” and other ailments.
Naomi Judd Autopsy
Judd’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley announced her death in a statement. The statement read, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness”.
The mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd formed a country music duo called The Judds. The two were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day before Judd died by suicide.
The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Wynonna said during the ceremony, “I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew my mom would probably talk the most. I’m gonna make this fast because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed… Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do.”
Judd had spoken about her struggle with mental health, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts. In 2016, Judd spoke to People Magazine about her experiences with depression. She said, “Nobody can understand it unless you’ve been there.”
Ashley Judd previously stated that her family wanted to control the flow of information about her mother’s death before the autopsy was announced. She added that her family asked her to discuss the tragic death of her mother and shed light on mental illness.
Ashley added, “When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to make the distinction between our loved one and the disease.”
Naomi Judd’s husband Larry Strickland and her daughters Wynonna and Ashley filed a petition to seal police reports and recordings from the investigation into the singer’s death.
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