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After Naomi Judd’s Passing, Ashley Judd Remembers Being 'Revictimized by Laws'

Heartbreak on Heartbreak: After Naomi Judd’s Passing, Ashley Judd Remembers Being 'Revictimized by Laws'

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Sep. 2 2022, Published 2:04 p.m. ET

New horrifying details have been shared in the death of late country singer Naomi Judd just after her autopsy report was released for the public to see. The results of the autopsy have been nothing but aching to the public eye, many fans and even more painful for her daughter Ashley who claims she waited a half hour for the paramedics to arrive to the scene.

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The "Why Not Me?" singer is reported to have died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Privacy is Paramount After the Death of a Loved One

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Wynonna and Ashley Judd have been fighting the battle of keeping Naomi’s death private. It is an uphill battle due to the public eyes and fans being personally affected by the situation. Ashley recently brought to Instagram’s attentions that she was compelled to take and give interviews after her mother had passed.

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Ashley stated, “Today, I pour my soul into describing the four interviews I was given no choice in doing the day our beloved mother died, and why such material should remain private for all families in the devastation the follows suicide.” She then added, “We need better law enforcement procedures and laws that would allow suffering families and their deceased loved one more dignity around agonizingly intimate details of their suffering. Autopsies are public record. So are toxicology reports.”

Ashley goes on to say, “We have shared our story so openly, to raise awareness, reduce stigma, to help people identify, and make sure we all know we face mental illness together. What more do folks want us to give of our grief?”

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As time went on, sister Wynonna Judd stood with her sister to show support for each other before and during the Op-Ed release on their mother. They felt compelled to answer interviews and felt as if they had no privacy for themselves to mourn in such a hard and tragic time.

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Ashley Specifically Calls the Day Her Mother Passed ‘The Most Shattering Day of My Life’

Ashley Judd had stated openly that she had a long struggle with her mental health and her mother passing did not help the situation at all, but she tries to get through it with the support and love of her family and friends.

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She states, “As my family and I continue to mourn our loss, the rampant and cruel misinformation that has spread about her death, and about our relationships with her, stalks my days.” She adds, “The horror of it will only worsen if the details surrounding her death are disclosed by the Tennessee law that generally allows police reports, including family interviews, from closed investigations to be made public.”

With that, she also adds, “Family members who have lost a loved one are often revictimized by laws that can expose their most private moments to the public, (and I felt) cornered and powerless as law enforcement officers began questioning me while the last of my mother’s life was fading.”

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The family never felt that they were going to get the privacy they deserved, and they struggled with such a hard time trying to process the loss of someone so special to them and the whole world.

The Judds' family tragedy draws attention to disclosure laws around the country which take a family's most private and horrible moments, and make them fodder for people discuss over the dinner table in gruesome detail. While some crimes benefit from public information, the Judds hope that states can reconsider how much information they disclose on more private matters, such as suicides or deaths by misfortune or natural causes.

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