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Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family


A judge sealed the release of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos after her daughters Ashley, Wynonna and widower, Larry Strickland said making the sheriff’s records available would cause them ‘pain’.

The country superstar died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 2022 at the age of 76 – and now his family have sought an injunction in Williamson County, Tennessee, to keep inquest records into his death closed.

This follows revelations that Ashley, 54, and Wynonna, 58 – the other half of singing duo The Judds – was not included in their mother’s will following her death earlier this year.

The temporary order barring “graphic” recordings, including photos, videos and written materials, which are made public, was granted on Tuesday.

According to documents seen by Fox News, the recordings “include photographs, video recordings, audio recordings and written reports.”

Naomi Judd pictured with her daughter Wynonna pictured backstage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, days before Naomi’s tragic suicide. A judge has now granted a temporary ban on the release of inquest documents into his death, some of which were said to be ‘graphic’

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

Larry Strickland, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd speak onstage after Naomi’s ‘A River Of Time’ celebration at Ryman Auditorium on May 15, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The family have now asked that the photos and documents surrounding their mother’s suicide be kept in the public archives

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

It was one of Naomi Judd’s last public appearances before her death on April 30, 2022. She is pictured waving to the crowd at the CMT Music Awards on April 11, 2022.

But some of these documents collected during the inquest into her death “contain Ms Judd depicted graphically”.

The order stated that if the documents surrounding the country singer’s death were made public, her family would “suffer irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish.”

He noted that “the whole family” would feel pain for “years to come” if the information was made public.

The order will be discussed at an evidence hearing on September 12.

Two weeks before her shocking death, Naomi was on stage with Wynonna in a surprise reunion at the Country Music Awards in April 2022.

They sang a powerful reconciliation song, written by Naomi – “Love Can Build A Bridge” during her last public appearance before her suicide.

The Judds were the most successful country singers of the 80s, winning five Grammys, nine CMAs and selling 20 million records.

It comes after details of Naomi’s will were recently revealed – as the late country singer named her husband, Larry, as executor of his $25million fortune.

And according to sources, this caused discontent in the family.

Eldest daughter Wynonna, 58, plans to contest her mother’s will, which provided nothing for her or her half-sister Ashley, 54.

Wynonna’s decision to deny her mother’s wishes was driven by a deep sense of injustice and latent discord that has plagued the family for decades.

Speaking to DailyMail.com, the source revealed that Ashley sided with Strickland over her mum’s decision.

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

Eldest daughter Wynonna, 58, is now grappling with her mother’s decision to exclude her from her will and instead leave her $25million fortune to husband Larry Strickland – despite building a successful musical career together

“Ashley Judd has no issues with her late mother Naomi leaving her entire $25 million fortune to her second husband Larry Strickland,” the insider said.

“With Ashley, it was never really about the money. She has a net worth of around $14 million but lives a relatively simple life.

In contrast, the source added, ‘finances are near and dear’ to Wynonna, who has long had a difficult relationship with money, spending habits and with her mother who she called ‘my beloved enemy’. .

Immediately after their mother’s death, Ashley and Wynonna supported each other through their loss, attending her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, the day after their mother’s suicide.

But the sisters’ united front would have been short-lived. The source said: ‘[At first] Ashley and Wynonna really leaned on each other in their grief over Naomi’s death, but you knew it was only a matter of time before their age-old sibling issues resurfaced.

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

Naomi and Wynonna pictured in their prime. A source close to Wynonna claimed the singer was angry that she was left out of Naomi Judd’s will and “believes she was a major force behind her mother’s success.” The duo were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after Judd’s death was announced

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

Judge BANs publication of Naomi Judd’s ‘graphic’ suicide photos as it would cause ‘pain’ to family

According to insiders, Wynonna feels entitled to a “piece of the pie” as The Judds’ “lead singer” and bringing Naomi to work as a nurse in Nashville to become a global star.

Naomi had a tumultuous upbringing – and in part she attributed her depression to the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an uncle when she was just three years old.

At 22, Naomi was raped and beaten by an ex-boyfriend, a trauma that saw her flee Los Angeles to rural Kentucky, where she lived with her children on welfare while training to be a nurse .

They lived in a house with no electricity, telephone, television or indoor plumbing.

Naomi moved to Nashville when she graduated and eventually became head nurse in an intensive care unit.

It was there that she learned that a patient’s father was in the music industry. She made a tape of herself singing with Wynonna, gave it to him, and “The Judds” musical career was launched.

On May 29, a month after her mother’s death, Wynonna wrote a moving Instagram post in which she spoke of her unbearable grief and fear of never being able to “come to the truth” about how her mother left this life.

She wrote about “personal healing”, feeling “helpless”, and how little she knew in the face of such despair and drama.

She said she would continue to fight for her faith, herself and her family, to keep “showing up and singing.”

And she vowed to “break the cycle” of addiction and dysfunction that has dogged the Judd women and, with Grace’s incarceration, threatens to fall into another generation.

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