The family of Naomi Judd filed a court petition requesting that documents related to her death remain confidential.
The matriarch of the Judds’s iconic country music duo died on April 30 at the age of 76, just one day before she, along with her oldest daughter Wynonna, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The court petition aims to prevent the release of law enforcement records, saying it would cause “significant trauma and irreparable harm.”
“Naomi Judd should be remembered for the way she lived and not in the matter in which she died,” family statements contained within the petition said.
The petition was filed on behalf of the country music legend’s husband, Larry Strickland, and her daughters, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd, on Friday in Williamson County Chancery Court.
Although Tennessee public records law allows for local law enforcement to hold records while an investigation is underway, those records are routinely released once an investigation is closed.
The family also reportedly requested to keep personal medical and police reports private, arguing that the records are “private, incredibly sensitive and do nothing more than re-open the fresh wounds of Naomi Judd’s death.”
“She obviously was suffering, and, as such, her days up until that moment were hurtful to her,” Ashley Judd told ABC’s Good Morning America.
At the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony in May, Wynona Judd said the family recited Psalm 23 as they said goodbye to their mother.