When Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero died on March 20, it caught his fans and bandmates by surprise — and Pero’s own lack of estate planning has reportedly thrown his family into chaos as well.
Dee Snider stated in an article on the website ultimateclassicrock.com “not only did AJ Pero have a family history of heart disease, which he allowed to go unchecked, but he did not have a will, left behind two ex-wives, a longtime girlfriend, four children between the three of them and a mess of an estate to be sorted out.”
Now the article, titled “Twisted Sister Drummer AJ Pero Died Without a Will,”says there’s plenty of infighting, mistrust, and dissension among the family members about how to handle AJ’s estate. “What a mess.”
Twisted Sister was planning to retire as a band after a 40th anniversary tour, and is now trying to help AJ’s survivors. “While the legalities of the situation are being sorted out, Twisted Sister is doing a show to raise some money to help the family out in the short-term,” Snider remarked.
“This unfortunate situation should be a life lesson to all to take responsibility for the world we create and will leave behind when we are gone.”
Wow, did you catch Dee Snider’s great estate planning advice?
Take responsibility now and after we’re gone.
Although Pero’s longtime girlfriend started a GoFundMe campaign to help with expenses of the daughter she had with AJ, that site is no longer online.
It’s no secret that there’s major potential for disagreements after a loved one’s death—even when there is a will. Make sure that you speak to a qualified estate planning attorney to take responsibility for your family and avoid the headaches now facing the family of Twisted Sister’s late drummer.
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