Nearly four months after the tragic death of singer and television star Naomi Judd at the age of 76, her cause of death has been officially confirmed.
No cause was immediately given at the time of her death, although in a statement, daughters Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd attributed their mother’s death to “the disease of mental illness.”
Now an autopsy report from the Nashville medical examiner’s office and obtained by Page Six on Friday confirms that Judd died by suicide.
She had been found “unresponsive in her home by family” at 10:57 am local time on April 30, and “was transported to Williamson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival,” the document states.
According to the medical examiner, the country music legend also had “what appears to be the words ‘suit case'” written in “faint pen ink on the palm of the left hand”.
In an interview with Good Morning America in May, her daughter Ashley Judd revealed the cause of death was suspected to be a suicide and that she was the one who found her mother.
“I went upstairs to let her know that [her] friend was there, and I discovered her. I have both grief and trauma from discovery,” the Double Jeopardy star said.
The announcement of her passing came the day before the Judds were set to be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony in Nashville.
The Country Music Hall of Fame was “shocked and saddened” by Judd’s death, CEO Kyle Young said in a statement on Twitter at the time. However, Judd’s family asked that the induction of the mother-daughter duo The Judds continue as planned, he said.
“We will do so, with heavy hearts,” Young wrote.
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