According to Page Six, country singer Naomi Judd left her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, out of her will. She instead named her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, executor of her estate, which is estimated to be worth around $25 million.

Naomi gave Larry full power of her estate, requesting that he have “full authority and discretion.” She does not want him to have to make decisions with anyone else, including other family members or the courts.

Naomi also requested that Larry not be financially responsible for his work as her executor. She wants him to receive “reasonable compensation” for his work and reimbursements for “reasonable expenses, advances and disbursements, including attorney’s and accountant’s fees, made or incurred in the administration of my estate.”

 

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The will goes on to say that if Larry is not able to act as executor, Reginald Strickland, Naomi’s brother-in-law, and Daniel Kris Wiatr, the president of Wiatr & Associates, are to step in. The will was created nearly five years ago. Naomi was of “sound mind and disposing memory” at the time of its signing. It is unclear whether her daughters will receive any assets, because this was not explicitly stated in the will.

 

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Naomi Judd died by suicide on April 30, 2022. She had a long history of depression and mental illness. Daughter Ashley reluctantly confirmed the cause of death on Good Morning America: “Because we don’t want it to be part of the gossip economy I will share with you that she used a weapon; my mother used a firearm. So that’s the piece of information we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position that if we don’t say it, someone else is going to.”

 

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There was no public indication of a rift between mother and daughters. Neither Wynonna nor Ashley have made public comments regarding tensions or the will. One day after Naomi’s death, the sisters attended her induction ceremony into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna told the crowd, “I’m gonna make this fast because my heart’s broken — and I feel so blessed. I mean, it’s a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed.”

 

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Ashley stated on Good Morning America: “When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to make the distinction between our loved one and the disease. It’s very real … it lies, it’s savage.”

 

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Larry was Naomi’s second husband. She was previously married to Ashley’s father, Michael Ciminella. Larry and Naomi were married on May 6, 1989. Naomi died six days before her 33rd anniversary to husband Larry.

 

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At Naomi’s memorial, Larry shared, “Naomi never met a stranger. Much to my displeasure, she would start a conversation with anyone who made eye contact with her, and we would end up standing 10, 20, 30 minutes on a sidewalk while she talked to a complete stranger about their passions and their dog.”

 

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Naomi once joked to Closer magazine that the secret to her marriage with Larry was “separate bathrooms.” She went on to say, “We come from common backgrounds. Larry and I are both from a family of six, very blue-collar. He worked in the tobacco fields every summer. My daddy had his own gas station and taught me the hard-work ethic. Larry is the most humble person I’ve ever met.”

 

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