Naomi Judd’s family granted court order to keep death records private

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Naomi Judd’s family was granted a temporary court order on Tuesday 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, filed for injunctive relief in Williamson County, Tennessee. 

According to the order, “Sheriff’s deputies, per standard procedure” had conducted “an investigation into Mrs. Judd’s death,” which resulted in evidence being collected. 

The order goes on to note that “records were created which include photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, and written reports.” “Upon information and belief, some of these records contain Mrs. Judd depicted in a graphic manner,” it added.

NAOMI JUDD’S DAUGHTERS ASHLEY, WYNONNA NOT NAMED IN WILL, ARE REPORTEDLY LISTED AS BENEFICIARIES OF TRUST

Naomi Judd’s family, including daughters Ashley and Wynonna, were granted a court order on Tuesday to keep their mother’s death records sealed from the public.
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The court documents stated that Judd’s family would “suffer irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish should these records be released.”

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

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

According to the order, “any investigative or evidentiary materials” in regards to the case which includes “medical records, law enforcement investigative reports, and photographs, video and other images” cannot be released. 

The country music star died by suicide on April 30. She was 76.

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

Naomi Judd named her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as the executor of her final will. The couple posed for a shoot in 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
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“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the joint statement said. “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered.

“We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

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Details behind Judd’s will recently surfaced. Judd named her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, as executor of her estate, per legal documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

Strickland was granted “full authority and discretion” to deal with and administer “any real property comprising an asset of my estate, without the approval of any court, the joinder of any beneficiary or the disclosure of the identity of any beneficiary of my estate.”

Judd’s family said that the release of her “graphic” death records would cause their family “pain for years to come.”
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Naomi appointed 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 an executor.

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According to Us Weekly, though Ashley and Wynonna are not mentioned by name specifically in the will, a source close to the family told the outlet the two are listed as beneficiaries of Naomi’s trust. 

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

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

Janelle Ash is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital.

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