HomeLatestDid Naomi Judd Commit Suicide? Reports Reveal the Cause of Death

Did Naomi Judd Commit Suicide? Reports Reveal the Cause of Death

Country Legend Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday. The Grammy-winning star was known for her work as one half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds (Naomi and Wynonna).

Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley confirmed previously that she passed away from prolonged mental illness. Now, a new report has confirmed that Naomi took her own life on Saturday and there is an ongoing investigation. Read on to know more.

Naomi Judd’s Cause of Death Revealed by Some Reports

The longtime advocate of mental health, Naomi Judd took her own life on Saturday. After her death, Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna announced her death over the weekend in a statement to the Associated Press that read:

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” they said. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

Now, a report has confirmed that the  “Had A Dream (For The Heart)” star committed suicide on Saturday. How? We don’t know yet. A representative for Judd Scott Adkins revealed yesterday that he could not confirm the cause of death and stated, “There is an ongoing investigation by law enforcement and the coroner’s office, and any further information will be released by the proper authorities.”

Naomi was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Her tearful daughters Wynonna, 57, and Ashley, 54 inducted their legendary mother while grieving her loss. A grieving Ashley addressed the crowd by saying:

“My mama loved you so much – and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” she said. “Your esteem for her and your regard for her penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in the last years.” 

Naomi’s cause of death has shocked the entire world. The Judd family went through a lifelong journey of ups and downs. This allows us to understand how brave the Judds were to share their stories for many years. But is suicide justified? Well, that is debatable.

The Judds struggle with Mental Health

The legendary Country Music star had been open about her mental health struggles. In 2016, Naomi revealed in an interview that she had been facing “extreme” and “severe depression” that forced her into seclusion.

Naomi was a longtime ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and spoke about how she survived sexual abuse as a child, lived with severe depression, spent time in psychiatric hospitals and struggled with suicidal ideation.

Naomi’s condition worsened after she and Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011.  She said, “[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, not get out of my pyjamas, and not practise normal hygiene. It was really bad.”

 

Naomi released the book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope in 2016 wherein she confessed that she once considered taking her own life by jumping off a bridge near her farm.

Ashley Judd, Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd during APLA 6th Commitment to Life Concert Benefit at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States.

Shockingly, Wynonna and Ashley also suffer from depression and other mental health issues. In a previous interview, Wynonna revealed that she attempted suicide at the age of 18 and still suffers from depression. She said:

“I have thoughts where I say to myself, ‘This is too much,’ and then I call somebody. I literally will call somebody because I have been stuck in my sadness where I didn’t and we have to reach out and that’s been the hardest thing for me because I’m not good at asking for help and that’s it.”

Asley, on the other hand, also talked openly about her struggles with mental health. The actress once stated that she entered the Shades of Hope Treatment Center in 2006 for codependence in her relationships, depression, blaming, raging, numbing, denying and minimizing her feelings.

Awareness is the Key

Dr Julie Goldstein-Grumet, vice president of the non-profit Education Development Center and director of the Zero Suicide Institute, said Judd’s phrasing isn’t typical, but in Naomi’s case, it feels accurate. She said:

“What the family is doing is pulling the dialogue back to her lifelong struggles with mental illness. It sounds like they also want people to appreciate that this was a lifelong battle for her, and I think perhaps want people to focus on how she managed all these years.”

Julie added, “Naomi clearly was very resilient in so many ways. And I think that’s an important piece of her story. We don’t want that to get lost by focusing solely on potentially how her life ended.”

Several reports reveal that suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that in 2020, an estimated 12 million American adults considered committing suicide, 3 million planned it and 1 million attempted it.

The CDC report also revealed that Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with 45,979 deaths in 2020. This is about one death every 11 minutes. In the case of the Judds family, mental illness took a toll on the woman who had everything.

Suicide Lifeline: If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or know of someone who may be, do not hesitate to call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online here. 

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Coming back to Naomi’s family, we can only hope that her daughters are provided with the strength to fight their struggles and that they consider taking the right treatment so that they too don’t end up on this dark road. What do you suggest?

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
RELATED ARTICLES

16 COMMENTS

  1. It isn’t our business to agree or not to agree to whether subside is the cause of death! For ONCE could the public NOT make a circus out of Naomi’s death????

    • Actually I would like to know how she she commit suicide, without giving it away to anybody. Because I’m a huge fan off Naomi’s and Wynona’s duo songs over the years. But I do agree with that it doesn’t ha ple to a media circus of this.

      • I would like to know how she completed her suicide. I fight so hard every day to see another day. I am scared of myself. I am afraid that one day I will wake up and say well Lord today is the day. I have fought depression all my life. I had a horrible childhood and haven’t done so great as a mother, at least that is what I am told of her by my 2 daughter. I feed worthless. But, I have to keep fighting. Yesterday was a bad day. I kept thinking, if she had the nerve to end it all why can’t I. But, I still keep holding on not real sure why but, I do.

  2. Hello the world is a tough place and we don’t know what are mother brother sister wife husband and kids go through in life if we teach not to ask for help because it’s a sign of weakness .we need to be more compassionate with family and friends and listen and not judge and leave them alone .we need to open more hospital’s and more mental health and we can save a lot more people patience kindness and love and we all can do it may God bless us all Patrick H

  3. You say it like it is. You are absolutely correct in that we do not know our families struggles and demons, we need much more assistance with mental health issues. There has been a terrible decline in services for the mentally ill in the last 30 years. I know as I am a masters and doctoral clinician in mental health and have been a very long time. The disparities in provision of care have been grossly neglected too long. To Ashley, Winona and Larry my thoughts and are with you daily. I am deeply sorry for the profound and saddening loss of such a beautiful women inside and the outside.

  4. RIP Naomi and thanks for the music!
    The cause and manner of death is not important to me. It’s bad enough that she is gone. I don’t need or want the gory details. She fought and did all the things needed to fight….all was not enough. She was enough

  5. My baby brother committed suicide many years ago. The pain for the surviving family is beyond horrific. May Ms Judd rest in peace. Please leave her family alone and stop worrying about how.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you family. She was I deed a beautiful person who fought a hard fight and now hopefully is at peace. I pray peace for Ashley, Wynonna, Larty and all of her family may the oea e of God fall around all of you and ease your pain and give you healing of your mind. In Jesus Name I pray amen.
    Kathy Hicks, Knoxville.

  7. I am so saddened by Namois DEATH. She DID the best she could for a really long time. God bless her. She’s free from ALL the pain.! We her fans WILL always love her And APPRECIATE all the joy her beauty and music brought to our LIVES. Rest sweet LADY

  8. LOVE to WYNONNA AND ASHLEY AND LARRY. YOU’RE in MY HEART. My PRAYERS and THOUGHTS. So is MAMA judd.

  9. YOU WILL BE MISSED MAMA JUDD. YOU WERE AND ARE LOVED. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU NOW. YOU’RE FREE FROM PAIN. SO SORRY YOU WENT THROUGH ALL OF THAT.

    • I to am so sad to hear this news. Mama judd I been a fan for years. I met you years ago. We kinda have the same life story.except I am not famous. I to was abused at 3 by a family member never told anyone. Just told my daughter after your passing. Rip namoni you are free

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular