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What was Naomi Judd’s cause of death?

The ENTERTAINMENT world was shocked to learn that Naomi Judd had passed away at the age of 76.

After Naomi’s death, courtesy of her daughters, became public knowledge, country fans were curious about how she died.

Naomi Judd passed away in April 2022

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Naomi Judd passed away in April 2022Photo credit: Getty

What was Naomi Judd’s cause of death?

On April 30, 2022, news of Naomi Judd’s death made headlines after it was confirmed by her daughters Wynonna, 57, and Ashley, 54.

In a joint statement to the Associated Press, their daughters said: “Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.”

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“We are shaken. We are navigating deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her,” they continued.

Wynonna and Ashley ended their unfortunate revelation by saying, “We’re in uncharted territory.”

The country hitmaker passed away a day before she and her eldest daughter were scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but the sisters still attended the ceremony honoring their mother.

After accepting the introduction of The Judds, Ashley told the crowd: “My mama loved you all so much.

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It was later revealed on May 12, 2022 that Naomi died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ashley confirmed the tragedy during an appearance on Good Morning American while speaking to Diane Sawyer about her mother’s death.

“She used a gun…my mom used a gun,” Ashley told Sawyer Variety at the time.

“So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that if we don’t say it, we’re in a position where someone else will.”

Naomi reportedly struggled with her mental health for years and previously opened up about it in her book River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.

What did people say about Naomi Judd’s death?

For weeks, fans and colleagues have mourned their loss and have posted tributes on social media.

Some have even compared her death to that of 16-year-old actress Kailia Posey, who committed suicide on May 2, 2022.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 76 like Naomi Judd or 16 like Kailia Posey. Mental health issues are REAL and suicide affects us all,” one fan tweeted. “We need to improve our mental health care in this country. Rip.”

Other country music stars like Keith Urban took the time to pay tribute to the late star while performing a concert in Manchester and singing one of their hits.

Naomi's daughters confirmed that she died of mental health problems

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Naomi’s daughters confirmed that she died of mental health problemsCredit: AP

“Naomi Judd planted so many important seeds in her precious time here. Here is one of many.” Keith wrote on Twitter along with a video of him singing with fans.

“On the other side of the world everyone sang ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ in Manchester tonight. Thanks Naomi We love you.”

Was Naomi Judd married?

At the time of her death, Naomi was married to former US soldier and singer Larry Strickland.

After serving in the military from 1966 to 1970, Larry joined the Stamps Quartet and began touring with Elvis Presley, later marrying Naomi.

In an interview with Closer Weekly, Naomi opened up about their relationship, explaining that “separate bathrooms” are key to their blossoming relationship.

“We have a common background,” she told the media agency. “Larry and I both come from a family of six, very hard working.

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“He worked in the tobacco fields every summer, my father had his own gas station and taught me the ethics of hard work. Larry is the most humble person I’ve ever met,” she continued.

She then went on to joke that they would be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary by possibly going to Red Lobster because she was “fed up with Cracker Barrel.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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