Naomi Judd and Larry Strickland were married since 1989.
Wynonna and Ashley Judd shared a heartbreaking statement on April 30 announcing that their mother, iconic country star Naomi Judd, died on Saturday. The Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo, The Judds, was 76 years old.
Losing a mother is one of the hardest things you could ever go through. Praying for you @Wynonna and @AshleyJudd and sending all my love on the loss of @TheNaomiJudd, especially with @juddsofficial induction into the @countrymusichof tomorrow ♥️ pic.twitter.com/Yqv9JtZ30P— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) April 30, 2022
"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public," the statement from Naomi's daughters read. "We are in unknown territory." Naomi's husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland, added, "Naomi Judd's family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time."
Tearful but composed, Ashley Judd accompanied her sister Wynonna Judd as she accepted country music's highest honor for The Judds on Sunday night just a day after the shocking death of her mother and singing partner, Naomi Judd. pic.twitter.com/eHlCvluJfk— People (@people) May 3, 2022
Naomi and daughter Wynonna were also set to celebrate a huge milestone in their career: their induction into Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday for their work as The Judds. Both Ashley and Wynonna got emotional during the ceremony and shared emotional speeches about their late mother. In fact, Wynonna vowed to keep singing in the aftermath of Naomi’s death. “Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do,” she said, according to Country Music Nation.
Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland, who is also a singer honored his late wife by singing “How Great Thou Art.” After her death, the family grieved together on the sleeping porch at Ashley’s house. The 54-year-old actress shared a short clip on social media that shows Larry leading everyone in singing the song. She also mentioned that the love the family has been receiving from fans is truly appreciated during this difficult time. “Your outpouring is reaching me,” Ashley wrote. “Thank you for every thought, prayer, message, text, email, post, expression. We each are alone and we are in fellowship, broken and held, protected from nothing and sustained in everything. It’s the beginning of an old story, life and death, loss and life. Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free.”
Larry Strickland and Naomi married in 1989, and would have celebrated their 33rd anniversary on May 6. Speaking of their relation Naomi previously joked to Closer Weekly that the secret to their long-lasting marriage was "separate bathrooms!" “We come from common backgrounds,” she elaborated. “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.” At the time she admitted she admitted she didn't have any fancy plans for what was supposed to be their 25th wedding anniversary. “We might go to Red Lobster. I’m tired of Cracker Barrel,” Naomi laughed. “We are so normal. Right now, he’s out on a Bush Hog [mower] on the farm and the big excitement is he found a rattler last week. That’s how we live.”