Tosh estate battle involves several of his children
The children of the late reggae icon Peter Tosh appears to be in the middle of a nasty estate dispute. Peter Tosh was murdered in 1987. He had no will at the time of death. The Tosh estate was managed by a court-appointed lawyer until 2009. It is at this time that one of his daughters, Niambe McIntosh took charge of the estate. It is not clear how she gained control of the affairs of the estate.
A lawsuit was commenced in October of 2014 by another daughter, Aldrina McIntosh. Allegations were made that Aldrina and her other siblings had not received any money from Niambe and from the estate for over five years. None of the allegations have been proved in Court.
Recent news articles suggested that his 1987 Grammy Award and one of his guitars were sold by a family member to a pawn shop in Somerville, Massachusetts. The stories were later shown to be false. An online article found here confirms that both the guitar an the Grammy Award are safe and in possession of the estate administrator.
Tosh estate battle will likely determine division of earnings
Peter Tosh was part of the world-famous reggae group, The Wailers. According to Court documents, his estate earns anywhere from$150,000 to $300,000 annually. As he died intestate, it is unclear how these funds are to be divided among beneficiaries. As a result, his children and any other potential beneficiaries may be able to claim they are entitled to receive funds from the estate.
Further complicating the matter is that the value of the estate is not defined by a specific monetary amount. The bulk of the value appears to be related to future earnings or publishing rights. Other musicians’ estates, such as the estate of Jimi Hendrix, have been involved in litigation for many years. The parties already appear to be taking an adversarial approach on several issues. This will be an interesting story to follow.
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