Late Motorhead Drummer Phil Taylor’s Will Left Nothing to His Wife
According to The Daily Mirror, Taylor was estranged from his wife when he died last November at the age of 61 from liver failure. He left an estate worth more than $1.8 million, but he was worried that Thera Ann Johnson, whom he had married in 2000, would try to claim some of it – even though, as The Daily Mirror reports, the couple had "no contact … since shortly after the date of [the] marriage."
Taylor reportedly had never publicly acknowledged his marriage to Johnson, who left him weeks after they were wed. Most of the money in Taylor's will instead will go to his two sisters, Linda Taylor-Fry and Helen Greenwood.
The Daily Mail notes that Taylor hired a private investigator so he could find Johnson and officially divorce her before he died. She couldn't be found, so Taylor specifically mentioned in his will that she was to receive no money from his estate. Two weeks before his death, he was granted a divorce based on the number of years the couple had spent living separately.
Taylor died less than two months before Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead's frontman, succumbed to cancer at 70. At the time of Taylor's death, the band wrote on its Facebook page: “Lil’ Philthy … he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album … he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles … he who played the drums with fury and intent … he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while … friend, Roman, Derbyshireman … rest in peace. With much love … ”
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