Larry Strickland recalls the days before Naomi Judd's death: "I know how weak she is."

"I was really afraid he would die on the very flight from Vienna back to Nashville, so I know how vulnerable he is," Strickland said during a CMT special Naomi Judd: A River of Time.

During Sunday's CMT Memorial Special Naomi Judd: A River of Time, Strickland took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville,

Tennessee, to say part of a country legend, died on April 30 at the age of 76 of suicide.

"Naomi never met a stranger," said Strickland, who married Naomi in 1989, while standing alongside her daughters,

"Naomi never met a stranger," said Strickland, who married Naomi in 1989, while standing alongside her daughters,

and we stood on the sidewalk for 10, 20, 30 minutes while he talked to a stranger about their passions and their dog.

She immediately watched as Naomi flew home from Vienna, Austria, waiting for the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony,

and he realized that it was strange for him to fly alone. He returned to Chicago on April 29, the day before his death and two days before his induction into the Hall of Fame.