Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Fight over Pendergrass will continues in Montco

NORRISTOWN The years-long fight between Teddy Pendergrass' son and widow for control of the musician's estate continued in Montgomery County Court on Monday.

Pendergrass, 59, died in 2010 from complications of colon cancer.

Since he died nearly penniless, Joan Pendergrass and Theodore Pendergrass II are battling over control of his legacy - and money that could come if a movie or television show were made about him.

Joan Pendergrass contends that a will dated March 2009, and an October codicil to it, leaves most everything to her. Pendergrass II says a May 2009 will is the correct document.

The Montgomery County register of wills accepted the document favoring the son for probate after hearings before Orphans' Court Judge Stanley R. Ott. Monday's session, also in front of Ott, flowed from Joan Pendergrass' appeal of that decision.

Karen Pendergrass, the musician's first wife, testified in the morning. Questions to her and others focused on whether Teddy Pendergrass, paralyzed in a 1982 car accident, would have been able to sign the May will, as the son contends he did.

Karen Pendergrass said she saw her ex-husband sign his initials on documents, though the last time was years before his death. The proceedings will continue this week. - Carolyn Davis

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