Tragic details of Naomi Judd’s death have been revealed.
An autopsy report from the coroner’s office in Nashville and obtained by Page Six Friday confirms that Judd died by suicide after being found “unresponsive at her home by family” at 10:57 a.m. local time on April 30.
“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 report, “the gunshot perforated through the right side of the scalp and entered the skull through an entry-type gunshot wound.”
Judd’s cause of death was suspected to be a suicide within days of the country’s superstar’s death, given her public battle with mental health.
The toxicology report, also provided by the Nashville medical examiner’s office, revealed that the 76-year-old musician had several drugs in her system at the time of death, including drugs used to treat insomnia, anti-Parkinson’s, depression, and seizures. to treat.
The award-winning country musician also had “what appears to be the words ‘suitcase'” written in “faint pen ink on the palm of the left hand,” the coroner said.
Judd had a medical history of struggling with “significant” anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic idiopathic pneumonitis, hepatitis C, hypertension and hypothyroidism, the doc adds.
“Per family, the deceased has had previous suicidal thoughts and recent life stressors,” the report also says. “A weapon and a note with suicidal connotations were found near the deceased at the scene.”
Her daughter Ashley Judd then confirmed on “Good Morning America” that her mother had shot herself and that the actress was the one who “discovered” her deceased.
“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.”
Earlier this month, surviving members of Judd’s family filed a request to keep her death certificate sealed because of the “graphic” way she died.
Ashley, her sister, Wynonna Judd, and Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland, said in court documents obtained by NBC that releasing research data could cause them “emotional distress, pain and mental anguish.”
A representative of Naomi’s estate did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment on the findings of the star’s autopsy report.