Naomi Judd Family Heartache in Wake of Singer’s Death Could Be Released to Media

Source: RedState

Country music star Naomi Judd passed away at age 76 in April, which was announced through a press release from her family members, including daughter Wynonna Judd, the other half of the dynamic musical duo The Judds. At that time, they shared only that “mental illness” had taken Naomi’s life.

Then in May, her family, feeling the pressure of tabloid media speculation about their mother’s cause of death, spoke publicly for the first time, as I wrote:

On Thursday, more details of Naomi’s death by suicide were revealed by daughter and actress Ashley, in a new interview that aired on “Good Morning America.” She said the family had not wanted to speak publicly about their mother’s death, that it was “way too soon,” but the nature of tabloid journalism forced them to tell the world how their mom had taken her own life–with “a firearm.”

But now, the family is taking that fight to court, in an effort to keep their expressions of private heartache, well, private. According to an update by the Associated Press:

The family of country singer Naomi Judd filed a court petition Friday to seal police reports and recordings made during the investigation into her death.

The family filed the petition in Williamson County Chancery Court, saying the records contain video and audio interviews with relatives in the immediate aftermath of Judd’s death, and releasing such details would inflict “significant trauma and irreparable harm.”

The petition was filed on behalf of her husband Larry Strickland and her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd. A representative provided it to The Associated Press with the family’s permission.

At issue, in part, are recordings the police made in the wake of the singer’s death — which Strickland says were done without his knowledge:

Strickland and Ashley Judd both submitted statements outlining their concerns about the records. Strickland said in the court filing that he was unaware that his interviews with law enforcement were being recorded and that he shared personal and private information to assist in the investigation.

This just isn’t supposed to happen to a grieving family. Whether you’re famous or not, we all deserve the time and space to get settled back into the stream of life — not worrying whether one of the most intimate and private moments anyone ever experiences will be exposed to the world’s prying eyes.