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Teddy Pendergrass‘ widow is accusing his children of causing her a great deal of humiliation and grief over the late singer’s will … and now she is suing them for damages caused by emotional distress.

Teddy passed away due to respiratory failure in 2010. According to his will, he left his entire estate to wifey Joan Pendergrass. However, his son Theodore tried to have the will invalidated by forging a will that stated the estate all went to him. The court eventually ruled the will presented by Theodore was a fabrication, per The Blast.

Joan is now suing Teddy’s son, Theodore Pendergrass II, and his daughters, La Donna Hollerway and Tishia Burnett.

“The illusion and fantasy created by Theodore, Jr. and propagated by his lawyers,” the lawsuit says, “forced Mrs. Pendergrass to undergo years of turmoil and anguish as her relationship with her late husband was unmercifully scrutinized.”

Teddy’s career was at its peak in 1982 when he broke his neck in a car accident. He was paralyzed from the chest down. In the wake of the accident, questions emerged about the mystery woman who was riding in the car with him. She was revealed to be Tenika Watson, a transgender nightclub performer.

“Teddy accepted who he was, what had happened. And he was determined to make the best of it and make a difference,” Joan told 6abc.com last month.

Joan says the 6-year legal battle with Teddy’s kids cost $850,000 in attorney fees. As a result, she says she has suffered humiliation, diminished reputation, emotional distress and anxiety.

She is suing Theodore, La Donna, Tishia and each lawyer who represented them throughout the numerous court appearances. The suit is seeking general and punitive damages



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13 thoughts on “Widow Of Teddy Pendergrass Sues His Kids Over Forged Will

  1. Natharan on said:

    This is deplorable and disrespectful .I know she got lucky when she married him .If these children were her she would find this incomprehensible. and highly inconceivable . Greed canker your guts and this is an act of greed. If anyone knew anything Pendergrass they knew he loved his children . How do you write the story when you don’t know it.

    • Deana 4love on said:

      Um Mr.Pendergrass felt like he was lucky, for the first time throughout his 25 years since his injury he felt that he had a honest self made trustworthy woman in his life that did not steal take from him, and use his disability to their advantage. So you don’t know what you’re talkin about. What you should be saying is what kind of son steals from a disabled father. Check your facts before you looked feeling lies on the internet public information

  2. Who really forged the will? The official will not only left out the children and grandsons, also his own mother that is yet alive and has been taking care of him since the accident. Teddy evidently would not want that but everything went to a only 2 years old last wife. Teddy was quadriplegic and very ill the last year of his life. That wife will was manipulated in some way as he never would leave out his mother and his entire family.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    Sometimes it’s good to be poor. As Moms Mabley said, “When I die, it’s gonna be a sad day for everybody!” No money, nothing (or less) left to fight over.

  4. Mieshe on said:

    I hate all of this happened. I still think he should’ve left his kids something. Not saying though what they did was right. A lie is a lie.

  5. They didn’t think their will would be shown to be a fraud?!! She should sue them and the attorneys and then file a disciplinary complaint against the attorneys for disbarment for perpetrating a fraud upon the court. In the words of the pope…..”the pervasiveness of greed in the world today is equivalent to the dung of the devil.”

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