Naomi Judd’s death certificates will be kept private – at her family’s request – due to the “graphic” nature in which she died, a judge has ruled.
The late country music singer’s husband, Larry Strickland, and her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley Judd, filed a request Monday in Williamson County, Tennessee, to keep all investigation data into her suicide private because it “contains emotional distress, pain, and mental distress.” fear” if released, according to court documents obtained by NBC.
Naomi – who struggled with depression and mental illness for years – died in April at the age of 76.
Her family argued in court documents that records could portray the singer’s death in a “graphical manner”. New York Post reports.
“In addition, releasing this data would continue to hurt the entire family for years,” the filing said.
According to NBC, the request was temporarily granted, but a hearing on the matter was scheduled for September 12.
Strickland and the Judd sisters filed the petition the same day news broke that Naomi had left her daughters’ names from her will and named her husband executor of her estate.
Wynonna, 58, and Ashley, 54, didn’t comment on the apparent slightness, but a source told RadarOnline.com earlier this week that Wynonna is “upset” that she was excluded for being one half of the duo The Judds with her mother.
The singer reportedly believes she was “a great force behind her mother’s success”.
A legal expert told Page six exclusively on Tuesday that while it is “ordinary” for a person to name the husband as the executor of their will, “the omission of her daughters seems sharp, like a deliberate act on Naomi’s part”.
However, attorney Holly Davis added that if “there is any problem or tension between the husband and the daughters, we will find out if there will be a will through probate attorneys in the coming days.”
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