Naomi Judd’s Family Friends Reportedly Baffled By Will ‘Dispute’

Country singer Naomi Judd sadly took her own life in April at the age of 76.

In her will, she named her surviving spouse, Larry Strickland, the sole executor of her will and many were surprised that the names of her two daughters – Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd – were not mentioned in the document at all.

According to the Daily Mail, Wynonna has reportedly been talking to attorneys to formally contest the will, which has caused family attorneys to weigh in. Now friends close to the family are commenting on the “rift” that Naomi’s will has seemingly caused within the family.

Family Friends Of The Judds Weigh In On ‘Rift’ Caused By Naomi Judd’s Will


According to Page Six, family friends are baffled by the media frenzy surrounding Naomi’s will, especially the Daily Mail’s report that Wynonna is speaking to attorneys to formally contest the legal document.

Naomi and Larry tied the knot in 1989 and were married for 33 years, so he is no stranger to Wynonna and Ashley. Although she named him as executor of the estate, family friends don’t feel like Larry would completely cut Naomi’s two daughters out of her reported $25 million dollar fortune.

“It’s not known if other provisions were made [in the will],” the source said. “You don’t know all of the arrangements.”

Naomi Judd 1946-2022

The insider also pointed out that both daughters are close to Larry, adding, “He’s been in their lives since the late 70’s — from a really early age. He’s not a stranger.”

“It’s easy for people to say, ‘There must be trouble there,’” the source went on. “[But] for people who have been around them, Larry has always been there. They call him ‘Pops.’ They all have adjoining farms.”

The insider also noted that both girls have their own fortunes. Although Wynonna and Naomi made up the country music duo known as The Judds, she is continuing to perform solo.

Wynonna Judd Mentions Her ‘Tough Season Of Sadness’ Since Her Mother Passed Away

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As Page Six reported, Wynonna Judd acknowledged the grief of her mother’s passing while performing at a Brandi Carlile concert last month. As Wynonna joined the “Right on Time” singer on stage, she mentioned that she’s been having a “tough season of sadness” because “my mama’s been gone for two months.”

“I’m the artist formerly known as ‘The Judds,’” Wynonna continued, mentioning that her sister Ashley was also present at the concert. “My sister is here tonight, and we are now the new Judds, and she’s sitting off stage.”

“I’m a Judd, not a judge … Forgiveness, call somebody and say, ‘I’m sorry for my part. What can we do to heal?’” she asked. She then added, “That’s what we’re doing tonight.”

Naomi Judd's Family Files To Keep 'Graphic' Death Scene Photos Private

“We have been very disconnected because of schedule and whatever you want to say — family dysfunction, but we showed up tonight,” she added before dedicating the song “Love is Alive” to Ashley.

“We’re going to sing this song in honor of my sister because it’s been about 12 years since she heard me sing, and it’s the beginning of a new chapter,” Wynonna added.

An insider told Page Six that Wynonna was being “really honest and open,” adding that the two sisters have yet to formally discuss the will. However, when they do talk, the source feels confident that “if Ashley or Wynonna want to say something, they’ll work it out.”

Naomi Judd Death Records Will Remain Sealed… For Now

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As The Blast previously reported, Naomi Judd’s family is working together to stop documents and photos related to her death from being distributed to the media. If these “graphic” photos are released, the family claims in a court filing that it will cause “irreparable harm” to her loved ones.

The filing states that the Judd family will “suffer irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish should these records be released. Moreover, the release of these records would continue to cause the entire family pain for years to come.”

As her daughter Ashley previously told Good Morning America, her mother had taken her own life with a firearm. Those interested can read more about the family’s attempt to get these records blocked from the public and find the date of the hearing by clicking here.

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