Naomi Judd’s Family Files To Keep ‘Graphic’ Death Scene Photos Private

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Naomi Judd's family are rushing to court to stop the release of gruesome photos from the scene of the country star's tragic death.
According to new legal documents obtained by The Blast, the family is suing Dusty Rhoades, the sheriff of Williamson County, Tennessee, to keep records sealed into the inquest into her death.
As we reported, the country music star took her own life at the age of 76. She is survived by her two daughters, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd, and her husband, Larry Strickland, to whom she was married for over three decades. Naomi's family is working together to stop the release of any material gathered at the crime scene.
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Naomi Judd's surviving spouse and daughters are suing to keep the death investigation records private
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In the court documents, Larry, Naomi's sole executor, filed the lawsuit to keep all records related to her death confidential and undisclosed. In particular, they want to block the publication of photos and video footage they claim were taken at the crime scene. Some of these photos appear to show Naomi in a "descriptive way."
According to the filing, Naomi passed away at her home on April 30, 2022, adding: "Mrs. Judd's death drew attention from print, television, internet and radio media around the world.” They say the sheriff's deputies employed by Rhoades “responded within minutes of receiving an 911 call at the residence.”
The court documents say officers followed "standard procedure" in conducting an inquest into her death. Evidence was collected and records made during the investigation, including "photographs, video recordings, audio recordings and written reports".
The family is concerned that media outlets are "making or planning to make public record requests" to gain access to these documents and photos.
Ashley Judd reveals her mother took her own life with a gun
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In May, her daughter Ashley appeared on Good Morning America and spoke with Diane Sawyer about her mother's tragic death. "But understand that we're in a position that if we don't say it, someone else will."
Ashley said she felt compelled to reveal the details surrounding her mother's death to highlight the importance of mental health and to provide fans with resources they may need to find help before it's too late.
"When you're talking about mental illness, it's important to distinguish between the loved one and the illness," Ashley explained, adding, "My mom knew she was seen and heard in her fear, and she was taken home .”
Naomi Judd's family say their right to privacy 'overrides any need for public disclosure'
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The court documents went on to say that “Mrs. Judd's achievements and life have been celebrated around the world. The loss felt by her husband and daughters, the plaintiffs, cannot be underestimated.”
Her family told the newspapers that if these recordings are released, they will "suffer irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and anguish." Furthermore, the release of these records would cause pain for the whole family for years to come.”
The family insists they have "legitimate privacy rights" as the late country singer's surviving spouse and daughters, and are asking a judge to determine that all "deceased medical records, law enforcement investigative reports, and photos, videos and other images of Mrs. Judd received are not public records and are exempt from disclosure.”
They write that their right to privacy "substantially outweighs the need for public disclosure of these recordings" and "no legitimate public interest would be served by the release or dissemination of these recordings to the public".
In addition, the court documents also note that "this is the first request for extraordinary legal protection in this matter" and warn that "if the information is made public, it cannot be reversed." There is no way to "recover" the information once it has been disseminated. The damage is being done and there is no remedy if it is thoughtlessly released.”
Naomi Judd left Larry Strickland as sole executor
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Recently, Naomi Judd's name has been making headlines because her daughter's names were omitted from her will. Some have interpreted it as being cut from their reported $25 million fortune, although some family lawyers have claimed that's not necessarily the case.
As we reported, Naomi requested that Larry have "full authority and discretion" over any property that is an asset of her estate "without the approval of a court" or the permission of any beneficiary of the estate when it was created in 2017.
The document continues: “If my spouse retires or ceases to serve, I nominate and appoint my brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and Daniel Kris Wiatr as Co-Executors. I direct that no bond be required from my executor.” Wynonna Judd is reportedly speaking to attorneys to contest this.
It is now up to a judge to decide what will be published. A temporary injunction has already been issued. A hearing of evidence is scheduled for September 12th.
Naomi Judd
American singer and actress (1946–2022)
Wynonna Judd
American country singer (born 1964)

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