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Judge Rules Teddy Pendergrass' Widow To Retain Control Over Estate

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 02:  AVERY FISHER HALL  Photo of Teddy PENDERGRASS, Teddy Pendergrass performing on stage  (Photo b
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 02: AVERY FISHER HALL Photo of Teddy PENDERGRASS, Teddy Pendergrass performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia judge has decided that the widow of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass will retain control over his estate after rejecting a will submitted by the singer's son.

Montgomery County Orphans' Court Judge Stanley Ott said a will dated in May 2009 and submitted by Theodore "Ted" Pendergrass II "was fraudulent" and called his testimony "wholly lacking in credibility."

Ott called testimony by the singer's wife, Joan, and other witnesses "highly" credible and ruled that the will dated in March 2009 and giving Joan Pendergrass most of the estate will stand.

Lawyer Timothy Holman said Pendergrass' son "respectfully disagrees with the court's ruling" and is considering an appeal.

The singer was paralyzed in a Philadelphia car accident in 1982. He died of colon cancer in 2010 at age 59.

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