On August 1, the Judd family, including their daughter Ashley Juddfiled for an injunction and asked that Naomi’s death certificates be kept confidential because they depict the singer in a “graphic” manner, according to court documents obtained by BNC News.
The family said that if photos or videos of the scene of Naomi’s death were released, it would cause them “emotional distress, pain and mental anguish”, adding that “the release of these recordings would continue to cause pain for the whole family for years to come,” NBC News reported.
Naomi died by suicide in April at the age of 76. The singer, who was open about her struggle with mental health, was due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day before her death.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” Ashley and Wynonna said in a statement on social media. “We are devastated. We navigate deep grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”
This is not the first time the family has taken steps to keep information about Naomi’s death confidential. In an interview in May with Diane SawyerAshley shared her mother’s cause of death to prevent it from becoming public without the family’s consent.
The actress noted that it was something the family were “very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.” .