Late country music legend Naomi Judd is reported to have completely left her daughters out of her $25 million will before tragically taking her own life.
According to documents seen by Radar, the singer left control of her fortune and estate to her husband of 33 years, Larry Strickland, and made no mention of her daughters Wynonna and Ashley.
“I nominate and appoint my spouse, Larry Strickland, as Executor of my estate,” the publication reports the document says.
It added: “In the event my spouse ceases or fails to serve, then I nominate and appoint my brother-in-law, Reginald Strickland, and Daniel Kris Wiatr as Co-Executors. I direct that no bond shall be required of my Executor.”
Naomi had been married to Larry since May 1989.
Fame runs in the family
Wynonna, 58, is one of the best selling country artists of all time. She’s earned 19 number one singles, including some with her mother as duo The Judds.
Ashley, 54, is an actress best known for her roles in Double Jeopardy, Heat and Kiss the Girls.
Wynonna is reported to be “upset” about her mother’s decision to leave her out of her will, particularly because of the work they did together in The Judds. A source said Wynonna believed she was “a major force behind her mother’s success.”
Naomi tragically took her own life on April 30 following a long battle with mental health issues. She was 76.
Ashley said in an interview at the time: “She used a weapon…a firearm. That’s the piece of information that 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.”
Naomi had recently returned to Nashville from Vienna, and Larry said in CMT’s Naomi Judd: A River of Time memorial special in May, that he’d been concerned about her traveling.
He said: “I was really scared about her flying alone all the way from Vienna back to Nashville cause I knew how fragile she was.
“Well, she made the flight home without any problem.”
Larry later found comfort in an email he received from a man who had been sat next to Naomi on that flight.
The man told Larry that Naomi spoke of her love and admiration for her family.
Reading it aloud, Larry said: “Rest assured she loved you and had no qualms about telling me, a stranger on a plane, that was so.”
The Focus has contacted Wynonna and Ashley’s representatives for comment.
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