Ashley Judd Objects to the Release of Naomi Judd’s Death Records

Reflecting on her grief. Ashley JuddShe shared the heartbreaking details of her last moments with Naomi Judd. The country star, who was 76 years old, committed suicide in April.

“My beloved mother … who had come to believe that her mental illness would only get worse, never better, took her own life that day. The trauma of discovering and then holding her laboring body haunts my nights,” Ashley, 54, wrote in an emotional essay for The New York TimesPublished on Wednesday, August 31st.

The Ruby in Paradise actress penned the personal statement to object to a Tennessee law “that generally allows police reports, including family interviews, from closed investigations to be made public.”

In the essay, the California native detailed her experience giving interviews to local police which “felt mandatory and imposed on me.”

She wrote, “I felt cornered and powerless as law enforcement officers began questioning me while the last of my mother’s life was fading. I wanted to be comforting her, telling her how she was about to see her daddy and younger brother as she ‘went away home,’ as we say in Appalachia.”

Ashley promoted the New York Times piece via Instagram, writing, “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. 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.”

Musician Brandi CarlileIn the comments, she expressed her support. “This is beautifully written and could change everything about the way these things are conducted. Really feeling for you today,” she wrote.

Katie CouricThe song was also sung by Heat actress’ praises, commenting, “Beautiful, Ashley. I am thinking of you so very much. Thank you for writing this important piece.”

The essay was written by a Harvard alumna about how she and her family, including her younger sister, live. Wynonna Judd, filed a petition to prevent police records of their mother’s death from becoming public.

“This profoundly intimate personal and medical information does not belong in the press, on the internet or anywhere except in our memories,” Ashley wrote. “We have asked the court to not release these documents not because we have secrets. Privacy in death is a death that is more dignified. And for those left behind, privacy avoids heaping further harm upon a family that is already permanently and painfully altered.”

Naomi’s death came one day before she and Wynonna, 58, were set to be inducted into the Country Hall of Fame. She is survived by her two daughters, and her husband. Larry Strickland.