At Naomi Judd’s Official autopsy report has been made public, and it reveals that she left a suicide note for her family before killing herself.
According to the report obtained by The Blast, Naomi was found in her home after sustaining a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound to the head. The report said she had “a significant medical history for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder” and other major medical conditions.
Authorities investigating the death revealed in the final report that the family told them Naomi had had “previous suicidal thoughts” and was going through a recent “life stressor” at the time of her death.
Specifically, a weapon and “a note with suicidal connotations” were found near her at the scene.
Naomi Judd was taking multiple prescription medications at the time of her death
The court documents say the 76-year-old singer was “discovered unresponsive at her home by her family on April 30, 2022. She apparently sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Williamsson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. shortly after his arrival.”
Several prescription drugs were found in Judd’s system after investigators performed a toxicology report on his blood. Medications included “etomidate, clonazepam, primidone, venlafaxine, trazodone, and memantine.” The report reveals that the list includes drugs for the treatment of insomnia and seizure disorders and the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. She was also said to have been taking several antidepressants at the time of her death. No street drugs were detected in his system.
As one can imagine, the report gives a vivid and tragic description of the gunshot wound to the head, which we choose not to describe here. But, the cause of death has been officially ruled as a “gunshot wound to the head” and the manner of death is “suicide”.
Ashley Judd stayed with her mother while waiting for paramedics to arrive
As we reported, about a month after her mother’s death, her daughter Ashley Judd, 54, appeared on “Good Morning America” and informed Diane Sawyer and the world that her mother had killed herself with a gun.
“My mom used a gun, so that’s the information we’re very uncomfortable sharing,” she said at the time. While the family don’t want this information out in the public eye, they admitted, “But understand we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”
A new court filing published by The Daily Beast earlier this month revealed that Noemie Judd was still alive after discharging the gun, and Ashley had stayed by her mother’s side for thirty minutes while waiting for paramedics to arrive. The documents describe Ashley as being in a state of “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress” when she spoke to law enforcement officials who arrived at the scene.
In her interview with GMA, Ashley also opened up about her mother’s struggle with mental health, which the “Love Can Build A Bridge” singer had been very candid about.
“When you’re talking about mental illness, it’s important to distinguish between the loved one and the illness,” Ashley explained, adding, “My mom knew she had been seen and heard in her anguish and that she was escorted home.
Larry Strickland describes Naomi Judd as “fragile” before her death
Larry Stickland married Naomi Judd in 1989 and they were together for over thirty years. He spoke about his late wife at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, during CMT’s “Naomi Judd: A River of Time” special in May.
“Namoi has never met a stranger,” Larry said, as reported by PEOPLE. “To my annoyance, she would strike up a conversation with everyone who looked her in the eye, and we would end up standing 10, 20, 30 minutes on a sidewalk while she talked to a complete stranger about their passions and their dog. .”
He described a time when Naomi flew alone from Austria to Nashville for the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony, which took place just a day after she took her own life. Larry noted that it was unusual for his wife to fly alone.
“I was really scared to death that she would fly alone from Vienna to Nashville because I knew how fragile she was,” he recalled. Many famous fans and friends continue to mourn his loss in the country music community.