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Naomi, Wynonna and Ashley Judd’s ‘alphabet’ of family tragedies

Naomi Judd’s family spent Monday night time singing hymns in her reminiscence as they ready to put the nation music legend to relaxation.

But at the same time as her family members are planning to honor the singer, Williamson County Sheriff’s division in Tennessee remains to be investigating her demise, a spokesperson confirmed to The Post.

The Franklin County Coroner can also be finishing up an post-mortem, the outcomes of which is not going to be accessible for as much as 12 weeks. It will not be but clear when her physique might be launched for burial.

“We are still in shock,” an in depth family member instructed The Post. “She was the best.”

The singer’s daughter Ashley posted a photo on Instagram of her stepfather, Larry Strickland — “my bereft Pop” — singing the hymn “How Great Thou Art” for Naomi, including: “Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free.”

Naomi died aged 76 on Saturday, and a number of sources instructed People that she had dedicated suicide after years of battling despair.

Daughters Wynonna (right) and Ashley said they lost Naomi (left) to
Daughters Wynonna (proper) and Ashley stated they lost Naomi (left) to “the disease of mental illness.”
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But one family member will seemingly not be in attendance at her funeral: granddaughter Grace Kelley, the 25-year-old daughter of the opposite half of the Judds singing duo, Wynonna.

Grace is as soon as once more behind bars for a parole violation after a medication conviction in 2017.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole instructed The Post: “Following a Dec. 20, 2021, revocation hearing, the Tennessee Board of Parole revoked Grace Kelley’s parole due to a new misdemeanor and the Board scheduled a review hearing in Dec. 2022.”

Wynonna has supported Grace by means of all of her authorized turmoil. “I will tell you this. My daughter is the strongest Judd woman in our ‘herstory,’” she instructed Fox News in February 2020. “She’s more healthy than I used to be at 23. How she obtained there — I might not go that means, however I used to be additionally sequestered.

“That could have been me if I didn’t have music,” she added.

After a lifetime of tragic relationships, Naomi found happiness with Larry Strickland and they wed in 1989.
After a lifetime of tragic relationships, Naomi discovered happiness with Larry Strickland and they wed in 1989.
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Grace is at present being held in Debra Ok. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. While no official request has been put in for her to attend Naomi’s funeral, Tennessee Dept. of Corrections spokeswoman Dorinda Carter instructed The Post the family might nonetheless accomplish that.

Her incarceration is simply the tip of a troubled historical past for the Judd family. As Naomi stated in 2020: “I’ve been through an alphabet of tragedies and trials and I’m still here.”

Journalist Hunter Kelly, who knew The Judds properly, noticed Naomi only some weeks earlier than her passing. The singer died only a day earlier than she was as a consequence of be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside her daughter.

Writing in Rolling Stone, Kelly stated: “I had lunch with Naomi to get some new quotes for her bio as she ready to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame and embark on a reunion tour with Wy.

Granddaughter Grace Kelley may not be at Naomi's funeral as she's behind bars for a parole violation after a drug conviction in 2017.
Granddaughter Grace Kelley will not be at Naomi’s funeral as she’s behind bars for a parole violation after a drug conviction in 2017.

“She’d just taped the CMT Awards performance of ‘Love Can Build a Bridge,’ and it was encouraging to see her in her element…”

However, he added: “In spite of all that exercise and pleasure, Naomi’s unhappiness crept into our dialog. The trauma of her childhood nonetheless lingered, and she instructed me she was making an attempt to get previous it. She’d been so candid together with her struggles with despair and providing hope to others in telling her story, I figured that was all dealt with, although …

“But now I have no choice but to stop and really listen to what Naomi was saying and realize the [planned] tour and the fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame induction were not the panacea I thought they were for her.”

Appearing on Candy O’Terry’s “Country Music Success Stories” podcast from her 500-acre property in Leipers Fork, Tenn., in 2020, Naomi spoke overtly about her troubled childhood, crammed with drug and intercourse abuse.

As for Wynonna's father, Charles Jordan, Naomi said, “I got pregnant the first time I had sex.” Shortly after, she never heard from him again.
As for Wynonna’s father, Charles Jordan, Naomi stated, “I got pregnant the first time I had sex.” Shortly after, she by no means heard from him once more.
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At the age of 18, in 1964, Naomi — actual title Diana Ellen Judd — gave beginning to Wynonna on the night time of her highschool commencement.

“I got pregnant the first time I had sex,” Naomi recalled of her tryst with Wynonna’s dad, Charles Jordan. Three months later, after I referred to as him to inform him to say I believed I used to be pregnant, he stated, ‘Well, tough luck, kiddo,’ and he hung up the telephone and we by no means heard from him.”

After giving beginning to Wynonna — born Christina Claire Ciminella — Naomi stated she “had to marry the town jerk to have a roof and a name.”

Judd and her then-husband Michael Ciminella moved to Los Angeles, the place they welcomed daughter Ashley in 1968. The couple later divorced and the singer raised her two daughters on her personal whereas working a receptionist job, admitting she was “a pay check away from the streets every night.”

At the age of 22, Naomi was crushed and raped by a drug-addicted ex-boyfriend after he broke into her house.

While raising two daughters on her own, Naomi admitted she was “a pay check away from the streets every night.”
While elevating two daughters on her personal, Naomi admitted she was “a pay check away from the streets every night.”
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“He slapped me across the face,” she stated: “He tortured me and he beat me real bad and then he raped me and then he took a shot of heroin, and when he took a second dose of heroin he passed out, so I took the girls and went to the sheriff station.”

She took her women and moved to Kentucky. They had no warmth, no telephone and no TV, and the family lived on welfare whereas Naomi studied to develop into a nurse.

After receiving her diploma, Naomi moved the family to Nashville the place she was the top nurse in an ICU. When she discovered that the daddy of one of her sufferers was within the file business, Naomi obtained up the braveness handy him a do-it-yourself cassette tape of her and Wynonna singing. Brent Mayer beloved what he heard and obtained them an audition at RCA information.

The Judds had been signed to a file deal that might catapult them into nation music historical past as probably the most commercially profitable duo of the Eighties — with 25 singles, 14 No. 1 songs, eight CMA awards, 5 Grammys and greater than 20 million information bought.

The Judds' honors include being the most commercially successful duo of the 1980s — with 25 singles, 14 No. 1 songs, eight CMA awards, five Grammys and more than 20 million records sold.
The Judds’ honors embody being probably the most commercially profitable duo of the Eighties — with 25 singles, 14 No. 1 songs, eight CMA awards, 5 Grammys and greater than 20 million information bought.
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Naomi and Wynonna’s relationship was famously unstable. In 2016, Naomi admitted: “I love her but there are just times we need a break from each other.”

She instructed ABC’s Robin Roberts: “We’re still a little estranged from each other. And that happens with mother, daughters … Through the decades, we kind of grew up together and I’m always telling her, ‘If I’d known better I would’ve done better.’ Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about ’em. We’ve been through a lot of therapy together.”

Naomi was pressured into retirement in 1991 after she was felled by persistent Hepatitis C. Wynonna had continued as a solo artist.

While Naomi stated she and Wynonna grew aside whereas filming their 2011 actuality sequence “The Judds,” they reunited in 2015 for a Las Vegas residency.

Wynonna and Naomi were set to go on tour this fall.
Wynonna and Naomi had been set to go on tour this fall.
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During an look on Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” in early 2016, Naomi shared that Wynonna would get upset with how revealing her mom was prepared to be in interviews.

And Wynonna, 57, has had her truthful share of bother. Her marriage to Arch Kelley III ended after two years in 1998. They had Grace and a son, Elijah, now 27, who not too long ago married. The singer married her former bodyguard, D. R. Roach, in 2003, however three years later, he was arrested for sexual assault of a toddler below the age of 13 and they divorced instantly after. She has been married to singer Cactus Moser since 2012.

She has additionally struggled publicly together with her weight, telling Oprah in 2004 that she had a “severe” dependency on meals. Wynonna’s money woes obtained so dangerous that she turned to a residential therapy middle, referred to as Onsite, that treats money issues.

Meanwhile, in her 2011 memoir, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet,” actress Ashley wrote of her traumatic childhood — together with attending 13 colleges earlier than she was 18 — lived whereas her mom and sister had been on the street. She stated she was  abused by the hands of quite a few males, together with an unnamed family member. She additionally wrote that she was uncovered early and inappropriately to intercourse as a result of of her mom’s affairs with males.

The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after Naom's death.
The Judds had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after Naom’s demise.
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Ashley has stated she solely discovered to battle her demons after coming into rehab for despair at Shades of Hope therapy middle in Texas, the place remedy uncovered the recollections of childhood incest.

The actress has, like her mom, additionally battled despair. In 2018, she launched a sexual harassment and defamation go well with towards convicted rapist and former studio head Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he lured her to his hotel room, requested her to observe him bathe and tried to offer her a therapeutic massage.

Ashley additionally sued for defamation and retaliation, claiming that after she rebuffed his advances, Weinstein successfully blacklisted her within the movie trade. The case remains to be ongoing.

Daughter Ashley wept at her mother and sister's Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday night, saying she wished Naomi had been able to
Daughter Ashley wept at her mom and sister’s Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday night time, saying she wished Naomi had been capable of “hold on” for the glory.
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She wept at her mom and sister’s Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday night time, saying she wished Naomi had been capable of “hold on” for the glory.

The Judds had not too long ago introduced their first tour in over a decade, a 10-date enviornment jaunt dubbed The Final Tour and set for the autumn.

In the times earlier than her demise, Naomi instructed O’Terry: “I’ve been through an alphabet of tragedies and trials and I’m still here. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it at all. But I just kept going like the little engine that could. I said to myself: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

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