On August 2, the Judd family earned a win in court after a judge granted the order to seal Naomi Judd’s death records.
Naomi Judd’s Family Gets Win In Court to Seal ‘Gruesome’ Death Records From the Public
According to the court order filed by Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashely Judd, and her husband Larry Strickland, the family asked that the investigation into Naomi’s death remain private. As Today reports, the records that will now be sealed depicted Judd in a “graphic manner.”
Further, the family admitted that because the records contained photo and video evidence, releasing such information to the public would cause “emotional distress, pain, and mental anguish.” As Mamas Uncut reported, following Naomi’s death in April, it was determined that the legendary Country singer died by suicide just one day before she and her daughter, Wynonna, were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Moreover, the release of these records would continue to cause the entire family pain for years to come,” the filing said, according to Today. While this ruling is just temporary, an evidentiary hearing will be scheduled for September 12.
It was Ashley Judd who confirmed her mother’s cause of death while talking with ABC News in May. “My mother used a firearm, so that’s the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand we’re in a position that if we don’t say it, someone else is going to.”
Naomi was 76 at the time of her death. She had battled depression for much of her life and had become an advocate for mental health over the last several years.
While talking about his beloved bride, Strickland revealed shortly after Naomi’s passing that she had to travel from Vienna, Austria to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony where she and her daughter were being honored. Strickland knew his wife was in a fragile state and worried about her flying alone.
“I was really scared to death about her flying alone all the way from Vienna back to Nashville cause I knew how fragile she was,” Strickland said. Hopefully, this win in court will give the family a small peace of mind.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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