Naomi Judd autopsy confirms country singer's cause of death

Naomi Judd
Posted at 2:23 PM, Aug 26, 2022

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — An autopsy report in the death of country singer Naomi Judd that was obtained Friday by The Associated Press confirmed what family members have already said about how she died. Judd, 76, killed herself with a gun on April 30 at her home in Tennessee.

“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," a statement from the family released on Friday read. “She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, to which millions of Americans can relate.”

The autopsy, which is considered a public record in Tennessee, showed several prescription drugs in Judd's system that are used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

"I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee," Dr. Casey Arney said. "I have reviewed a list of Naomi Judd's psychiatric medication at the time of her death and it is consistent with usual and customary treatment for bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. Naomi Judd died the day before she and Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The family has asked for privacy as they mourn and encouraged anyone in a similar crisis to seek help. The national suicide and crisis lifeline is available by calling or texting 988. There is also an online chat at