Medics at the Nashville medical examiner’s office have released Naomi Judd’s autopsy report, which confirms what her family had previously said about the circumstances of her death on April 30.
Based on the autopsy report, Judd died from a headshot wound, which she caused herself.
Judd’s family released the following statement, “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.”
Adding to the statement, “She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, to which millions of Americans can relate.”
Reports say Judd’s family found her unresponsive at home. Shortly after arriving at the Williamson Medical Center from her residence in Franklin, Tennessee, the doctor declared her dead. The autopsy revealed that the death resulted from suicide.
The autopsy revealed Judd had several past medical conditions, including hypothyroidism, hypertension, hepatitis C, chronic idiopathic pneumonitis, bipolar disorder, depression, and significant anxiety.
“Per family, the decedent has had prior suicidal ideations and recent life stressors. [Additionally], a weapon and a note with suicidal connotations were found near the decedent at the scene,” the report says.
According to the toxicology analysis, Judd’s body contained a variety of prescription drugs used to treat bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wynonna and Ashley, two of Judd’s daughters, released a statement regarding the death of their mother on Twitter, writing, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”
Ashley explained in May in an interview, “Because we do not want it to be part of the gossip economy, I will share with you that she used a weapon. My mother used a firearm.”
“So that is the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we are in a position that if we do not say it, someone else is going to,” Ashley added.