‘I will Always Love You’

Country singer Dolly Parton paid tribute to her dear friend following the sudden death of Naomi Judd over the weekend.

“We were very similar. We were the same age and both Capricorns. We loved big hair, makeup and music,” she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post, calling Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna their “sisters.”

“Congratulations, Wynonna, on yesterday you and your mother being inducted into the Hall of Fame,” continued Parton, 76. “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there, but I can hear Naomi now saying, ‘Well, a day late and a dolly short.'”

She ended her note with her iconic signature, complete with a butterfly at the end of her name, and concluded her message with, “Just know that I will always love you.”

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Naomi Judd reportedly committed suicide after struggling with her mental health.
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Both Naomi and Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday after Naomi allegedly passed away by suicide.

Ashley and Wynonna appeared at the induction ceremony and burst into tears as they spoke on behalf of their late mother.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably do the most talking,” said Wynonna, 57. “I’m doing this quickly because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed.”

“My mum loved you so much – and I’m sorry she couldn’t keep it up to this day,” added Ashley, 54.

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Parton, who was close to Naomi, was recently nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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Country music star Parton was recently nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, although she previously thought she hadn’t “earned the right” to be among the other famous musicians.

“I suppose gracefully,” she said. “I say ‘thank you’ and accept that.”

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