Larry Strickland has sold Tennessee farm where wife Naomi Judd died by suicide
Larry Strickland has sold the Tennessee farm where his wife Naomi Judd died by suicide as he found it too difficult to continue living there after the tragedy.
Larry Strickland has sold the Tennessee farm where his wife Naomi Judd died by suicide.
The 76-year-old singer admitted he could no longer live at the property where his beloved wife died in 2022 after a battle with mental illness so he sold up and moved to Florida.
He told PEOPLE: "I had to get out of our home. We lived in this house and on the farm for 33 years, and so when all that happened with her, I couldn’t be there. I sold the house and the farm, and even though [stepdaughters] Ashley and Wynonna were still close by, I couldn’t be there.”
Larry then moved to Florida in the spring of 2023 and said he still feels Naomi close by.
He said: "Naomi and I both would spend our winters in West Palm, and we would usually just do an Airbnb or stay in a hotel, but I bought a condo here. I'm living on the beach. I've always wanted to do that.
“I think of her all the time. I know every time I walk on the beach, I'm walking with her because I know she would've loved to be here."
Larry - who toured and recorded with Elvis Presley as part of his backing vocalists group, The Stamps Quartet- revealed his own music career took a backseat to Naomi in later years as he helped with her management team and became her caretaker.
He said: "For years, I didn't have a lot of calls to be in the studio. For so many years, I had worked with Naomi and with her management team and traveled with her. And then in the latter years, I was her caretaker. I was there 24/7 to take care of her."
But now, Larry has returned to the studio to work with country artist Jillian Cardarelli on her new single 'If I Could Talk to Elvis'.
He explained: "When I went in the studio, I didn't have a clue of what I was going to be doing really, but it just came together. It was meant to be, I guess. The whole concept of the song is so unique that it itself got my attention. It brought back a lot of memories for me."