Naomi Judd’s autopsy confirms country singer’s cause of death as family releases statement

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Naomi JuddThe Nashville autopsy report released by the Nashville Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed statements that the late country music star’s family members had previously made regarding the circumstances of his death at the age of 76 on April 30.

Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy report obtained by Fox News Digital revealed Friday.

“We have always openly shared both the joys of being a family and its sorrows as well. Part of our story is that our matriarch was harassed by an unjust enemy,” said an official statement from Judd’s family provided. at the Associated Press. .

The statement continued, “She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, which millions of Americans can relate to.”

Naomi Judd was confirmed dead by suicide, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

Naomi Judd was confirmed dead by suicide, according to an autopsy report released Friday.
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The report said Judd was found “unresponsive in her home by her family”. She was transported from her residence in Franklin, Tennessee, to Williamson Medical Center “where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.”

The manner of dying was cited as suicide.

According to the autopsy, the Kentucky native’s medical history was “significant for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic idiopathic pneumonitis, hepatitis C, hypertension and hypothyroidism.”

The report confirmed statements Judd's family had previously made regarding the manner of his death.

The report confirmed statements Judd’s family had previously made regarding the manner of his death.
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The report noted, “Per family, the deceased had previous suicidal ideation and recent life stressors.”

“A weapon and a note with suicidal connotations were found near the deceased at the scene.”

Toxicology analysis showed several prescription drugs in Judd’s system that are used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

Judd’s two daughters wynonna58, and Ashley, 54, announced their mother’s death in a tweet, writing, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to an illness mental.”

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During a “Good Morning America” ​​interview in May, Ashley said, “Because we don’t want this to be part of the gossip economy, I’m going to share with you that she used a gun; my mother used a gun.”

Judd's daughters Ashley and Wynonna announced their mother's death on Twitter, writing,

Judd’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna announced their mother’s death on Twitter, writing, “Today we sisters lived through a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. ”
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She continued, “So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”

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Naomi and Wynonna formed musical duo The Judds in 1983. The two won five Grammy Awards and scored 14 No. 1 songs during a career that spanned nearly three decades.

Naomi died the day before she and Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The family asked for privacy while grieving and encouraged anyone in a similar crisis to seek help.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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