Naomi Judd left a suicide note insisting her daughter Wynonna was barred from her funeral – and claimed she suffered from mental illness.
The Post-it-style paper was found near the body of the 76-year-old woman after she took her own life at her Tennessee mansion in April.
He said, “Don’t let Wy come to my funeral. She is mentally ill. The word “no” seems to have been underlined.
The memo was part of a series of documents released by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department this week.
Wynnona attended the funeral, a source told Radar Online, and believes the note was written while her mother was not in her right mind.
Cops also shared footage of the country music star’s bloodstained bedding as well as a photo of a gun on his bedside table.
In the meantime, they released a series of notes written by an MP who visited the crime scene, claiming Naomi had threatened to kill herself “half a dozen times”.
The Judds – daughters Wynonna, 58, Ashley, 54, and husband Larry Strickland – tried to block the release of the police report, but dropped the case in December.
Naomi Judd left a suicide note next to her bed, insisting her daughter Wynonna should not attend her funeral
Naomi Judd (right) is seen with her daughter Wynonna (left), during one of their final public appearances. She is pictured waving to the crowd at the CMT Music Awards on April 11, 2022
Sheriffs have released photos of the scene where Judd took her own life
Startling footage from the scene showed the Post-it-style note stuck to what appeared to be a magazine.
He also showed his big bed covered in blood that had stained his sheets and pillow after the tragedy.
Meanwhile, a deputy’s notes shed more light on what happened on the day of his death, including conversations the cops had with the family.
Strickland, her husband of 33 years, was in Europe at the time of her death and the police report noted that she did not like being alone.
“I didn’t like being alone / Larry in Europe,” wrote a sheriff’s deputy, in a handwritten note from the scene.
“She threatened to kill herself half a dozen times, guns were involved. She locked herself in her room. She would threaten to shoot the people who abducted her (illegible.)’
The police report also details how Ashley found her mother and comforted her as they waited 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the home in Leipers Fork, 25 miles south of downtown Nashville.
Ashley found her mother in a manic state and called the family doctor, Dr. Ted Klontz. The actress told police her mother yelled, “Kill me, kill me now.” I do not want to live !
She said she replied, “Now, mom, you know I’m not going to do that.”
Ashley texted Klontz, writing: ‘She has an episode. Screaming and crying and pacing… Emergency… Please come to Mom’s… Now.
When Klontz arrived, she told him, “She was screaming and speaking in tongues. Ashley said her mother calmed down when the doctor arrived and then left them alone to discuss her condition.
When she returned to the bedroom, she found her mother with a bullet in her head. She told the doctor, “She did it. She finally did.
Ashley Judd (left) with her mother Naomi Judd (centre) and sister Wynonna Judd (right)
Naomi Judd’s home in Tennessee where she was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head
In a heartbreaking New York Times essay, Ashley in August described how finding her mother was “the most upsetting day of my life.”
“The trauma of discovering and then holding his body in labor haunts my nights,” she wrote.
But instead of being able to comfort her mother in her final moments, Ashley said the officers harshly interrogated her and took her away from her mother.
“I felt trapped and helpless as law enforcement began to question me as my mother’s last life faded away,” she wrote.
“I wanted to comfort her, tell her how she was about to see her dad and younger brother as she ‘went home,’ as they say in Appalachia.”
Ashley said she was in such shock after finding her mother dying that she answered police questions she didn’t want.
She said, “I would never have answered another day” and never thought to wonder if the public would later have access to it.
“In the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy, when we are in a state of acute shock, trauma, panic and distress, the authorities come forward to speak to us,” she wrote.
“Because many of us are socially conditioned to cooperate with law enforcement, we are totally reckless in what we say.
“I never thought to ask my own questions, including: Is your body camera turned on? Am I being audio recorded again? Where and how will what I share be stored, used, and updated? available to the public?
According to the report, the shot that killed Judd “pierced the right side of the scalp and entered the skull through an entry-type gunshot wound”
The country superstar died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 2022 aged 76
Ashley Judd (left) with her mother Naomi Judd (right). Ashley and her family have filed a motion to seal police records of interviews taken in the moments following Naomi’s suicide last April. The family abandoned their efforts in December
Ashley and Wynonna were written out of their mother’s will, leaving Strickland to make decisions about her estate and assets.
The Judd family said in a statement confirming his death: ‘Our beloved mother and wife have passed away from mental illness.
“Anyone who has experienced this tragedy understands that in the depths of a mental health crisis, thinking is deeply distorted.
“Furthermore, the worst days are never representative of the comforts and pleasures of disease-free days.
“In the wake of this tragedy, our family has tried to grieve, together, with our community and, above all, with the privacy that anyone who loses a family member deserves.
“We have always been a family that is frank and open about both our difficulties and the depth of our love for each other.
“In this particular case, however, we are asking for privacy, because a death in privacy is a death with more dignity.”
The Judds were the most successful country singers of the 80s, winning five Grammys, nine CMAs and selling 20 million records.
Immediately after their mother’s death, Ashley and Wynonna supported each other through their loss, attending her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1 – the day after their mother’s suicide.
Naomi and Wynonna Judd pictured in their prime
On May 29, a month after her mother’s death, Wynonna penned a moving Instagram post in which she spoke of her unbearable grief and fear of never being able to “come to the truth” about how her mother died. left this life.
Naomi had a tumultuous upbringing – and in part she attributed her depression to the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an uncle when she was just three years old.
At 22, Naomi was raped and beaten by an ex-boyfriend, a trauma that saw her flee Los Angeles to rural Kentucky, where she lived with her children on welfare while training to be a nurse .
They lived in a house with no electricity, telephone, television or indoor plumbing.
Naomi moved to Nashville when she graduated and eventually became head nurse in an intensive care unit.
It was there that she learned that a patient’s father was in the music industry. She made a tape of herself singing with Wynonna, gave it to him, and “The Judds” musical career was launched.
On May 29, a month after her mother’s death, Wynonna wrote a moving Instagram post in which she spoke of her unbearable grief and fear of never being able to “come to the truth” about how her mother left this life.
She wrote about “personal healing”, feeling “helpless”, and how little she knew in the face of such despair and drama.
She said she would continue to fight for her faith, herself and her family, to keep “showing up and singing.”
And she vowed to “break the cycle” of addiction and dysfunction that plagued the Judd women.