Naomi Judd’s autopsy confirms her death by suicide, as family say she was ‘Korn by an unjust enemy’

An autopsy report completed on the death of country singer Naomi Judd was released Friday and confirms earlier reports that the 76-year-old star died by suicide.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press, says Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in Tennessee on April 30.

“We have always openly shared both the family’s joys and sorrows. Part of our story is that our matriarch was hunted by an unjust enemy,” the family said in a statement released to the AP. “She received treatment for PTSD and bipolar disorder, which millions of Americans can relate to.”

PEOPLE previously reported in May that Judd died by suicide after a long battle with mental illness, and the artist’s daughter Ashley Judd, 54, confirmed that her mother died using a firearm in an interview with Good morning America.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Naomi Judd attends the 2nd Annual American Humane Association Dog Hero Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)

Jonathan Leibson/WireImage Naomi Judd

The autopsy reportedly found several prescription drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder in Judd’s system.

The findings come weeks after Ashley Judd, her sister Wynonna Judd and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland filed a petition in Tennessee seeking to seal police reports and audio recordings from the investigation into the country star’s death.

The report, obtained by the AP, says releasing the records — which include interviews with family members after Judd’s death — would cause “significant trauma and irreparable harm.”

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Strickland reportedly stated in the report that he did not know his interviews with police were being recorded and therefore provided personal information, while Ashley said she did not want her interviews released because she was in “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress “. at that time.

Larry Strickland, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd

Larry Strickland, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd

Mickey Bernal/Getty Larry Strickland, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd

The Berlin station The actress recently opened up about her grief journey on Healing with David Kessler podcast, and said she has learned to understand that her mother’s pain was a product of her illness.

“I look back on my childhood and realize that I grew up with a mom who had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness,” Judd said. “And there are different expressions of behavior, interactions, flashbacks, choices that he made that I understood were an expression of the disease and I understand that and I know that he was in pain and I can understand today that he was doing the best he could. he could, and if he could have done it differently, he would have done it.”

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Earlier in the conversation, Judd explained that one thing she had learned over the years was that she “didn’t cause” her mother’s illness, “couldn’t control it” and also “couldn’t cure it.”

With that in mind, the actress said she hoped Naomi’s death brought with it a sense of peace for the singer.

“My biggest wish for my mother is when she moved on, I hope she could let go of any guilt or shame she carried for any shortcomings she may have had in raising my sister and me. , all was forgiven a long time ago, all was forgiven a long time ago,” he said.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line to 741741 or go to

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