Naomi Judd to Be Honored on Live TV With ‘Celebration’ of Her Life and Music – Opinion

In late April, we reported on the sudden death of Naomi Judd, one-half of the legendary Judds country music duo, along with daughter Wynonna, and more importantly, a family’s matriarch. The group, which was set to go on a national tour with Martina McBride this summer, died in a tragically timing accident. They were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the following day.

On Thursday, more details of Naomi’s death by suicide were revealed by daughter and actress Ashley, in a new interview that aired on “Good Morning America.” She said the family had not wanted to speak publicly about their mother’s death, that it was “way too soon,” but the nature of tabloid journalism forced them to tell the world how their mom had taken her own life–with “a firearm.”

Ashley Judd said mother Naomi “used 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,” she said.

But, on a more positive note, the entertainment world, the country music community, and fans around the world will gather Sunday to celebrate Naomi’s life and legacy. CMT first revealed the news on Friday. The live broadcast will be commercial-free.

Sunday’s public celebration for the life of Naomi Judd will feature tributes from family and friends, along with never-before-seen performances.

The press release from CMT also said that “Judd’s husband Larry Strickland will be in attendance. Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd are also scheduled to make appearances.”

But new details have emerged Saturday evening on the impromptu “celebration” for the singer, according to CMT News, while unveiling its name, “Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration”:

Bette Midler, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Reba McEntire and Reese Witherspoon have joined the lineup for “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION,” which will air live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium commercial-free on Sunday at 6p/5c with an encore presentation at 10p/9c exclusively on CMT.

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