On April 30, the Grammy-winning singer who was a member of the mother-daughter combo The Judds passed away at the age of 76. Judd’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley took to social media to break the news of their mother’s passing.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the sisters tweeted. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public.”
How Did Naomi Judd Die?
The findings of an autopsy report about the death of country singer Naomi Judd, which were obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, confirmed what members of her family have already stated regarding the manner in which she passed away. On April 30, Judd, who was 76 years old at the time, shot herself in the head at her home in Tennessee.
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On Friday, the office of the medical examiner in Nashville released the whole autopsy report of Judd, shedding some light on the issues that the 76-year-old had with his mental health. According to the report, Judd struggled from anxiety, despair, as well as bipolar disorder… Judd has no problem discussing her struggles with mental illness in the public eye.
According to Ashley Judd, Naomi “used a firearm,” and the autopsy confirmed this.
“That’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that — if we don’t say it, someone else is going to,” she said.
What Was the Cause of Her Death?
In April, Naomi shot herself, and in May, her daughter Ashley broke the news to the world. Ashley stated, “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.”
It was also stated by Ashley that she was the one who came across Naomi’s body, with the following words: “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. 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.”
Why the Family’s Request for Privacy Was Declined?
Both Ashley (age 54) and Wynonna (age 58) have spoken publicly since their mother’s passing about their grief and the need for privacy as they recover.
The Judd family filed a petition with the court back in August asking that Naomi Judd’s death records not be made public. Williamson County Chancery Court is just west of Nashville, and the petition was filed there on behalf of Strickland and her daughters. The petition claims that video and audio interviews recorded shortly after Judd’s death are included in the investigative records and that their release will cause “severe pain and irreparable harm.”
The family also asked that all other evidence from the investigation, not only the recordings, be kept secret.
According to the petition, several news organisations have requested access to the investigation’s paper trail, including toxicology and autopsy results. Among those organisations is the Tennessean, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
According to the lawsuit, the family’s request for privacy does not apply to the toxicology and autopsy results since those reports are considered public records under Tennessee’s open records rules.
After submitting the petition, Naomi Judd’s family released a statement calling the day of her death “the most shattering day of our lives.”