Naomi Judd autopsy reveals shocking details about her death
The report from the medical examiner's office revealed that the 76-year-old battled anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder
NASHVI LLE, TENNESSEE: Country singer Naomi Judd's cause of death has been ruled as a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, as per an autopsy. The report comes in after her family revealed the 76-year-old's prolonged battle with mental illness.
According to The US Sun, the report from the medical examiner's office in Nashville revealed that Naomi battled anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. The report also revealed the presence of various prescription drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder in her system.
The singer died by suicide on April 30, 2022. In a statement, her family said, “We have always shared openly both the joys of being family as well its sorrows, too. One part of our story is that our matriarch was dogged by an unfair foe. She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, to which millions of Americans can relate."
In May, her daughter, Ashley, while speaking to Good Morning America, said, "She used a weapon, my mother used a firearm," adding, "Her brain hurt, it physically hurt and I'm tasked with an exceedingly difficult task in disclosing the matter in the way my mother chose to continue to live."
In a court filing on Friday, August 12, Ashley revealed to a judge that her mother was alive when she found her. She added that she stayed by Naomi's side for 30 minutes till medical help arrived. Ashley said, "It was a mixed day. I visit with my mom and pop every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so I was at the house visiting as I am every day." She added, "Mom said to me, 'Will you stay with me?' and I said, 'Of course, I will.' I went upstairs to let her know that her good friend was there and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovering her."
According to Radar, the Williamson County Sheriff's Department had recorded bodycam interviews with Ashley present on the scene. The Judd family, which includes Ashley, her sister Wynonna Judd and step-father Larry Strickland, have filed a new lawsuit against Williamson County and its sheriff. The lawsuit attempts to stop the release of records related to Naomi's death, such as photos and videos showcasing her death, as well as Ashley’s interviews.
Currently, a dispute over Naomi's fortune is also going on between her daughters. The will named Larry Strickland, the singer's husband, as the sole executor, which Wynonna plans to contest. Ashley is said to be siding with Larry. As per Radar, the case will be heard on September 12.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).