Michael Ciminella is the first husband of singer Naomi Judd and the father of her daughter Ashley.
Judd died at the age of 76, her daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd confirmed in a joint statement on April 30, 2022.
According to TODAY, Judd died a day before she was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the time of her death, Judd had been married to her second husband, Larry Strickland, for more than 30 years.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Wynonna Judd thought her father was Ciminella for years; Ashley described her father as a ‘feminist’
Who is Wynonna Judd’s father? Who is Ashley Judd’s father? Different men.
According to Country Fancast, Strickland and Ciminella are not Wynonna’s father. Wynonna’s father is Naomi’s ex-boyfriend, Charles Jordan, and Ashley’s father is her first husband, Michael Ciminella.
Loud PitchforkShe married Michael Ciminella “when she turned 17” and her name was Diana Ellen Judd.
Fox News reported that Wynonna Judd, who was born Christina Claire Ciminella, “thought for years that her father was Michael Ciminella, the biological father of her sister, actress Ashley Judd, whose maiden name is Ashley Tyler Ciminella.”
However, in the early 1990s, she learned that her real father was Jordan.
“I had a choice. I had to decide if I was better or bitter.” Wynonna said Taste of Country “And in music we do that. We talk about the hard stuff and we talk about ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. My heart is broken.’ This is Country Music: Real Life Stories. I want to breathe life into the fans. I want to bring people to life by singing about my toenails, that painful part of life and that joyful part of life. And it’s intertwined.”
In 2017, Ashley described her father on Instagram as a “feminist”, writing,
I’m so proud to have joined the intrepid @nickkristof for a Facebook Live conversation at the @nytimes, and also from my dad (who also happens to be a feminist).
2. Naomi & Ciminella were married for eight years
According to Fox, Naomi and Ciminella were married from 1964 to 1972 when they divorced. She married Strickland in 1989.
An obituary for Ashley Judd’s grandfatheralso called Michael Ciminella, described him as a retired businessman who died in Kentucky.
According to a 1997 Associated Press article, he founded Ashland Aluminum Co. in Ashland, Kentucky.
The story went that he was survived by Michael C. Ciminella, then of Louisville.
The article states that the younger Michael Ciminella revealed in a 1995 interview that he was not Wynonna’s biological father.
3. Ashley Judd described how her “beloved father” helped her when she was injured in Congo
Ashley wrote about her father helped her when she was injured in Congo. She wrote on Instagram:
I would like to express my deepest and most vulnerable gratitude to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa for making split-second decisions upon my arrival. I came to them from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a terrible condition and my leg had no pulse. I needed a blood transfusion urgently. Her sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically excellent, and they have tended to the trauma in my body and soul with equal competence. Pictured here once I was stable is carefree laughter and hilarity. dr Greef, pictured, was great at stabilizing my leg with the external fixator until the massive soft tissue damage and swelling went down so I could perform the major surgery. What he did was significant and I am forever in his debt. It must be noted that I was cared for during the Covid B.1.351 strain plaguing RSA. Sunninghill is world class and a wonder. Thanks to my trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing supervisors, hospital management – everyone.
My beloved father, who got the message no parent ever wants: “Emergency, can’t answer questions, please come now”, was actually able to come to South Africa because he’s vaccinated. He was my rock, companion, my resource, helping me listen to so many doctors, a critical support system, and a kind, loving presence while I cried and cried. We then made the 22 hours – 4 flights – to America thanks to incredibly efficient catastrophe travel insurance on an Air Ambulance.
In an American hospital, I had to wait further until the tissue damage and the swelling subsided. Eventually I was qualified for the 8 hour surgery to repair the bones, decompress the bleeding nerve and remove the bone fragments from the nerve. I am now recovering from the operation.
I am very grateful to all the experts including the expert pictured, my pop rubbing my foot to remind my foot that it is connected to my body while still not being able to move. I’m already on my feet. Thank you for your care and kind words. Let’s always remember those without insurance. Let’s remember those who have no choice. Let’s remember those who are lonely and afraid.
4. The Judds said they lost their mother “to the sickness of a mental illness.”
Naomi’s daughters described themselves as “shattered”.
“Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the illness of a mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shaken. We navigate deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her. We are in uncharted territory.” According to the Associated Press“The statement was not elaborated on.”
According to Daily Variety, Judd’s publicist released a statement saying that Strickland, her husband of 32 years, “will not be making any further statements. Naomi Judd’s family is asking for privacy at this heartbreaking time. No further information is being released at this time.”
Journalist Micah Kennedy written in a story published on the website of News Channel 5, a Nashville television station, that Judd “died after taking her own life”. However, the family has not confirmed this.
Naomi Judd lived in Franklin, Tennessee. Heavy attempts to contact the Williamson County Coroner. The investigator on duty for the Nashville, Tenn., coroner’s office said she could not comment when asked if the office was handling Judd’s death. She said the office, which was closed, needs to be contacted the next business day.
5. After divorcing Ciminella, Judd married Strickland, who is a gospel singer
According to his websiteStrickland was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of “a preacher who loved gospel music.”
He attended his first gospel concert at age 12 and “began singing with gospel quartets that toured all over the state of North Carolina until he was forced into military service in 1966,” the biography reads.
“After serving four years in the US Army with the National Security Agency in Frankfurt, Germany, he continued to sing with gospel quartets in and around North Carolina.”
Judd once said they had a lot in common, according to Closer Weekly, which she quoted as saying: “We have a common background. Larry and I both come from a family of six, very hard workers. He worked in the tobacco fields every summer. My dad had his own gas station and taught me the hard work ethic. Larry is the most humble person I have ever met.”
She told Closer about their 25th wedding anniversary: ”We could go to Red Lobster. I’m sick of Cracker Barrel. we are so normal Right now he’s out on a bush hog [mower] on the farm and the big excitement is that he found a rattlesnake last week. That’s how we live.”
According to The Associated Press, Judd’s husband Larry Strickland is a singer “who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley”.
According to Strickland’s website bio:
It wasn’t long before his voice caught the eye of the legendary JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. In 1974, Larry was asked to join the group, and overnight he transitioned from singing in regional quartets in the South to touring and recording with Elvis Presley.
According to The BootJudd and Strickland “married at Christ Church in Nashville in 1989, with both of Judd’s daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, serving as bridesmaids.”
Strickland spoke about his wife’s depression in an interview with “Good morning America.” In that interview, he spoke about family members of people living with depression, saying, “Get ready to walk this journey with them because they’re going to need you, they’re going to need you every minute.”
CONTINUE READING: Naomi Judd’s second husband Larry Strickland
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