Tragic Details About Naomi Judd Suicide Revealed In Autopsy Report

According to an autopsy report from the Nashville coroner’s office obtained Friday by Vidak For Congress, Naomi Judd’s manner of death has been labeled suicide.

The report also confirmed that the 76-year-old “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer was found “unresponsive in her home by family” on April 30 at 10:57 a.m. local time.

“She had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to Williamson Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival,” the document also read.

According to the autopsy, Judd had a medical history of struggling with “significant” anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic idiopathic pneumonitis, hepatitis C, hypertension and hypothyroidism.

“Per family, the deceased has had previous suicidal thoughts and recent life stressors,” the report said. “A weapon and a note with suicidal connotations were found near the deceased at the scene.”

Judd’s cause of death was suspected to be a suicide within days of the country’s superstar’s death, given her public struggle with mental health.

Her daughter, Naomi Judd, went on to confirm on “Good Morning America” ​​that her mother had shot herself and that the actress was the one who “discovered” her.

Naomi Judd is sitting and wearing a red shirt.
According to her autopsy report, Naomi Judd’s manner of death has been labeled as suicide.
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“She used a weapon. My mother used a firearm,” the 54-year-old “Double Jeopardy” star told Diane Sawyer in May. “So that’s the piece of information that we find very inconvenient to share.”

According to the autopsy report, “the gunshot perforated through the right side of the scalp and entered the skull through an entry-type gunshot wound.”

The toxicology report, also provided by the Nashville Medical Examiner’s Office, revealed that the “Mama He’s Crazy” singer had several drugs in her system at the time of death, including drugs used to treat insomnia, anti-Parkinson’s, depression and treat seizures.

Earlier this month, surviving members of Judd’s family filed a request to keep her death certificate sealed because of the “horrific” way she died.

Ashley, her sister Wynonna and Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland, said in court documents obtained by NBC that releasing research data could cause them “emotional stress, pain and mental anguish.”

A representative of Naomi’s estate did not immediately return Vidak For Congress’s request for comment on the findings of the star’s autopsy report.

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