*The widow of singer Teddy Pendergrass will retain control of his estate after a judge rejected a will from the entertainer’s son.
Regarding the will, which was dated in May 2009 and submitted by Theodore “Ted” Pendergrass II, the Associated Press noted that Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Orphans’ Court Judge Stanley Ott said the document “was fraudulent.” Pendergrass’ son’s testimony, Ott stated, was “wholly lacking in credibility.”
“Highly” credible testimony from Pendergrass’ wife, Joan, and other witnesses resulted in Ott ruling in her favor, saying that the late singer’s will dated in March 2009 and giving Joan Pendergrass most of the estate will stand, the AP reports.
Pendergrass’ son was not pleased with the judge’s ruling, according to his attorney Timothy Holman, who said his client “respectfully disagrees with the court’s ruling” and is considering an appeal.
The court ruling comes years after Pendergrass’ death in 2010 from colon cancer. The singer, whose hits included “Love T.K.O.,” “Turn Off the Lights” and “Joy,” was paralyzed in a Philadelphia car accident in 1982.