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Naomi Judd left Kimberly Williams-Paisley a gift before she passed away.
Williams-Paisley told Fox News Digital about a special moment she shared with the late musician.
“Naomi Judd has always been very nice to me. I met her several times and remember shortly after meeting my husband [Brad Paisley], I was still really scared to fly,” she said, while discussing her travel tips with Hilton. “It was after 9/11 and I was so nervous flying that so many people l ‘were. And I remember one day I was on a flight with Naomi, and she was sitting behind me, and I was so nervous, and she seemed so peaceful and calm.”
“Impulsively, I turned to her and said, ‘I’m really scared to fly.’ She just looked at me with this twinkle in her eye and she said, ‘Oh, I’m not afraid of anything.'”
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The ‘Father of the Bride’ actress said the phrase was “really inspirational” to her and “simple”.
“And probably, you know, obviously not all the time. But then, she felt it.”
“Since then, when I was afraid to fly, I thought, ‘Pretend you’re Naomi. Act like you’re not afraid. Just say I’m not afraid to fly.” I was always so grateful to her for that moment that she probably had no idea what a gift she was giving me.”
Naomi died by suicide on April 30. Her daughters, Ashley and Wynonna Judd, announced the “Have Mercy” singer’s death via social media a day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” the joint statement read. “We have lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”
A few weeks before her death, Naomi reunited with Wynonna at the CMA Awards for a performance. The duo also announced that they are going on tour again for the first time in 10 years.
“The Final Tour” was scheduled to begin Sept. 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and end Oct. 28 in Nashville, Tennessee. Martina McBride was to open.
Naomi’s family reportedly met to discuss the possibility of continuing the tour.
“They want to be respectful and representative of their heritage, but more importantly what Naomi would have wanted for her family and her fans,” a source told People Magazine.
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Naomi was remembered on Sunday on CMT’s “Naomi Judd: A River of Time.”
At the memorial, her husband Larry Strickland admitted he was “scared to death” during the country music star’s trip to Nashville days before he died by suicide.
“I was really scared to death that she would fly alone from Vienna to Nashville because I knew how fragile she was,” he said.
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