Reports surfaced on Monday afternoon (August 1) with details about Naomi Judd’s will. The country music legend unexpectedly died earlier this year. She was 76.
The will reportedly names Naomi’s husband of more than three decades, Larry Strickland, the executor of her estate. Court documents obtained by Page Six state that Strickland has “full authority and discretion…without the approval of any court.” Naomi prepared her will in November 2017, nearly five years before she died. Naomi's family, including her daughters, have not publicly commented on the “Love Can Build A Bridge” star's final wishes as of publication time on Monday.
Naomi’s daughters — actress Ashley Judd and fellow country artist Wynonna Judd, who was also Naomi’s duo partner in The Judds — confirmed on April 30 that they “lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” Ashley has spoken about the loss since then, including during an emotional Good Morning America interview in May.
One day following their mother’s death, Wynonna and Ashley attended the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, during which The Judds were inducted into the Hall of Fame (along with Pete Drake, Eddie Bayers and Ray Charles). It was during the emotional ceremony that Wynonna pledged she would “continue to sing.” She later confirmed, during her mother’s public memorial service at the historic Ryman Auditorium, that she would continue with The Judds “The Final Tour” in Naomi’s honor.
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