The Judd Family Releases Statement Criticizing Media For Publishing Disturbing Photos Of Naomi Judd’s Suicide Note & Bedroom

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It’s still unbelievable that we lost the last, great Naomi Judd last year.

The country star tragically passed away back in April due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and it has understandably been a very traumatic and horrific time for both of Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, as well as her husband, Larry Strickland.

Naomi was one half of the iconic country duo The Judd’s, and was slated to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her daughter Wynonna the day following her death, which occurred on April 30th, 2022, at her home in Tennessee.

At the time, the family confirmed she had left behind a note, but did not disclose any further information, and understandably so.

And over the last several days, a flurry of reports have come out from different sites, sharing not only the note Naomi left behind, but some other very graphic photos from the police report of the aftermath in her home.

RadarOnline first obtained photos of the note from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Franklin, Tennessee, and it specifically addressed Wynonna, asking that she not attend her mother’s funeral.

Your heart just breaks for the family, knowing what a nightmare it’s all been for them, and they just released a statement this morning calling out the media, and ripping them for their “irresponsible publication of and ongoing requests for details and images of our beloved mother,” adding that the note was from “the complex disease of illness and not from her mother’s heart.”

The statement also included a call to action by local officials to change the laws of state privacy for deaths by suicide, as “presently serves only the craven gossip economy and has nonpublic value or good.”

You can read their full statement here:

“Our family is deeply distressed by the galling, irresponsible publication of and ongoing requests for details and images of our beloved mother and wife’s death by suicide because of the trauma and damage it does to those who view such materials and the contagion risk they pose to those who are vulnerable to self-harm.

This so-called ‘journalism’ is merely the crudest monetization of a family’s suffering and despair, and a flagrant, cynical disregard for public welfare. It is equally a deep violation of our right to a modicum of decent and privacy in death.

We remonstrate media to take as fact the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s guidelines on coverage of suicide both for public safety and to avoid re-traumatization of survivors of such devastating tragedy.

The note that was left came from the complex disease of illness and not from her mother’s heart. We hope the public elected officials now see, with us, the keen importance of strengthening and changing state privacy laws so that police reports in the event of death by suicide are not, in fact, public record.

The consequence of the law as it is presently serves only the craven gossip economy and has nonpublic value or good. -The Judd & Strickland families.”

Wynonna has continued on with The Judd’s Farewell Tour, which was announced before Naomi passed, and she even recently extended the dates into this year, along with openers like Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde.

She also performed at the CMT TV special Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration last year, along with her sister Ashley, and she sang their hit “River Of Time” as a beautiful tribute to her late mother.

RIP Naomi.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741 if you or someone you know is considering suicide.

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