The mother of Wynonna Judd and actress Ashley Judd, Naomi Judd, left a heartbreaking parting message before taking her own life last year.
Photos of the beloved country music icon’s final message may be seen in images that were purportedly taken from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Franklin, Tennessee.
According to reports, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, who was 76 when she passed away on April 30, 2022, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, wrote that she didn’t want her daughter and singing partner Wynonna, 58, present at her funeral.
“Don’t let Wy attend my funeral, please. On a yellow Post-It note, Naomi appears to have written, highlighting the word “not,” She’s mentally ill.
The photographs show the message affixed to investigation-related documents with a yellow evidence identification marker, as first reported by RadarOnline.
In another image, a gun is seen on a bedside table next to what looks to be Judd’s blood-spattered bed.
According to a source who spoke with the publication, Wynonna did indeed go to the funeral last year.
At the “Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration,” which was televised live from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 15, she made an appearance alongside her sister, the actress Ashley Judd.
The Judds is an American country music duo that was founded by Naomi Judd and Wynonna. Between 1983 and 1991, the group recorded six studio albums after signing with RCA Nashville.
But in the years before Naomi’s passing, they became apart from one another.
I adore her, but sometimes we simply need a break from each other, Naomi said in a December 2016 interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts regarding their breakup.
We still feel a little far from one another. That also occurs with mothers and daughters. If she sees this—and I sincerely hope she does—it would be best for all of us to feel understood, regardless of what is happening. Be sincere. Good for you, Mom, for finally being willing to talk about the unpleasant stuff, I believe she’ll remark.
We kind of grew up together through the years, she says, and I’m always telling her, “If I’d known better, I would’ve done better.” “Wy took the brunt of all of my errors, and we discuss them. Together, we’ve undergone a lot of therapy.
The 54-year-old Ashley was the one who found Naomi in her bed and dialed 911 after she committed suicide.
When Naomi passed away, her husband, guitarist Larry Strickland, was away.
Ashley described seeing her mother in a manic state and called the family doctor, Dr. Ted Klontz, immediately before her mother shot herself, according to the documents. A police report also supported this claim.
Ashley saw her mother suffering from a head wound after the doctor had just finished tending to Naomi in her bedroom.
Before passing away on April 30, 2022, at her Tennessee home, the country singer was upfront about her battle with mental health difficulties.
Wynonna is scheduled to perform live concerts on “The Judds: Final Tour” through at least February 25. These concerts will feature an all-star mix of artists, from Tanya Tucker to Brandi Carlile.