Country singer Naomi Judd’s family were granted a court order Tuesday to seal their death certificates from the public, court documents show.
Judd’s husband, Larry Strickland, and his two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, filed for a restraining order Monday in Williamson County, Tennessee, to protect their family’s privacy. The filing calls for the investigation into Judd’s suicide to remain private, including records that portray Judd in a “descriptive manner.”
The sheriff’s office, which responded to Judd’s death in April, also collected photo and video evidence, among other documents, that if released would cause “emotional distress, pain and anguish.”
“Moreover, the release of these records would cause pain to the entire family for years to come,” the filing reads.
A restraining order was issued Tuesday, with an evidence hearing scheduled for September 12. The court ordered the county to notify anyone requesting documents related to Judd’s death of the decision.
Judd’s daughters announced on April 30 that they had lost their mother to “the disease of insanity.” Ashley Judd later revealed the method by which Judd died by suicide.
“My mother used a firearm, so that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but we understand that if we don’t say it, we’re in a position that someone else will,” she said in an interview with “Good morning America.”
Judd died a day before she and her daughter Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by Grammy-winning duo The Judds. She was 76.
She had previously been candid about her battle with depression over the years. In an NBC News essay in 2017, Judd said the mental illness left her sluggish for two years.
“My family – Ashley, Wynonna and Larry – was just over the moon,” she wrote. “When you see someone you love suffering so deeply and there’s nothing you can do about it, it’s almost as hard on you as it is on the person who’s suffering, especially when you love each other as much as the four of us love each other . “
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https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/naomi-judds-family-granted-order-keep-graphic-death-records-private-rcna41563 Naomi Judd’s family have ordered ‘graphic’ death certificates to be kept secret