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Naomi Judd left daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd out of her $25 million will

Naomi Judd left daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd out of her $25 million will

The will was prepared almost 5 years before her death and had two witnesses testifying that she was of "sound mind, memory, and understanding."

Trigger warning: This article contains themes of suicide that some readers may find distressing.

Country singer Naomi Judd has left her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd out of her final will and testament. The country singer died by suicide at age 76 on April 30. Naomi Judd had prepared the will nearly five years before her death and had appointed her husband, Larry Strickland, as executor of her estate, reported TODAY. Judd and Strickland were married for 33 years. As per the will, Judd granted "full authority and discretion" over any property left in her estate to Strickland, and also added that her husband didn't need the "approval of any court" or beneficiary to deal with the assets. She also stated that in the eventuality of Strickland being unable to serve as an executor, her husband's brother, Reginald Strickland, and Wiatr & Associates President Daniel Kris Wiatr would serve as the estate’s co-executors.



 

 

Her estate is believed to be worth $25 million, reported Yahoo News. The will was prepared on November 20, 2017. Witnesses Melissa Sitzler and Abigail Muelder signed the sworn affidavit stating that Judd was of "sound mind, memory, and understanding, and not under any restraint or in any respect incompetent to make a Last Will and Testament." Naomi Judd took her life a day before The Judds was set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ashley and Wynonna confirmed their mother had passed away and said they lost their "beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness."

Getty Images | Photo by Mickey Bernal
Getty Images | Photo by Mickey Bernal

 

 Ashley and Wynonna tearfully accepted the award on behalf of "The Judds," and paid tribute to their mother in the acceptance speech. "My mama loved you so much, and she appreciated your love for her and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today," said Ashley Judd. "Your esteem for her and regard for her really penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in these last few years."



 

 

Naomi Judd was always vocal about her struggles with mental illness through the years. She spoke to Savannah Guthrie of TODAY about experiencing severe depression in 2011. "I didn’t get off my couch for two years," she said at the time. "I was so depressed that I couldn’t move. I wouldn’t even brush my teeth. I wouldn’t get out of my pjs. My husband and my girlfriends and Ashley would come over and I would just go upstairs and lock the door to my bedroom," she continued. "You become immobilized."

Getty Images | Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Getty Images | Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.

 

If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

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