Naomi Judd’s family obtained court order to keep death records confidential


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Naomi Judd’s family on Tuesday obtained a temporary court order to keep her death records sealed from the public record.

In court documents obtained by Fox News Digital, Larry Strickland and Judd’s two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, sought an injunction in Williamson County, Tennessee.

According to the order, “sheriff’s deputies, in accordance with standard procedure”, had conducted “an investigation into the death of Ms. Judd”, which resulted in the collection of evidence.

The order goes on to note that “records have been created which include photographs, video recordings, audio recordings and written reports.” “Based on information and beliefs, some of these recordings contain Ms Judd depicted graphically,” he added.

DAUGHTERS OF NAOMI JUDD, ASHLEY, WYNONNA NOT NAMED IN THE WILL, WILL BE LISTED AS TRUST BENEFICIARIES

Naomi Judd’s family, including daughters Ashley and Wynonna, obtained a court order on Tuesday to keep their mother’s death records sealed from the public.
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Court documents said Judd’s family would “suffer irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish if these records were made public.”

The order continued, “Release of these records would continue to cause pain to the entire family for years to come.”

The temporary order was granted on Tuesday and an evidentiary hearing is scheduled for September 12.

According to the order, “any investigative or evidentiary material” relating to the case that includes “medical records, law enforcement investigation reports, photographs, videos and other images” will not can be disclosed.

The country music star took his own life on April 30. She was 76 years old.

Ashley and Wynonna announced their mother’s death through a statement shared on social media in April.

Naomi Judd has named her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as executor.  The couple posed for a photoshoot in 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

Naomi Judd has named her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as executor. The couple posed for a photoshoot in 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
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“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the joint statement read. “We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness. We are broken.

“We navigate deep grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”

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Details of Judd’s will recently surfaced. Judd has named her 33-year-old husband, Larry Strickland, as executor of his estate, according to legal documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

Strickland has been granted “full authority and discretion” to manage and administer “any real property comprising any asset of my estate, without the approval of any court, the attachment of a beneficiary or the disclosure of the identity of any beneficiary of my estate.”

Judd's family said the release of her "chart" death certificates would cause their family "pain for years to come."

Judd’s family said the publication of his “graphic” death records would cause their family “pain for years to come”.
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Naomi named her brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and Daniel Kris Wiatr as co-executors in the event of Larry’s death or if he is unable to serve as executor.

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According to Us Weekly, while Ashley and Wynonna aren’t specifically named in the will, a source close to the family told the outlet that the two are listed as beneficiaries of Naomi’s trust.

A representative for Wynonna Judd did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.


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