Troy Dendekker Biography and Net Worth of Bradley Nowell’s Wife

Troy Dendekker is the wife of Bradley Nowell, the late American musician who was the lead singer and guitarist of the American rock band Sublime. Born on 8 March 1971, she is currently 52-year-old and has a net worth estimated between $1 million and $5 million.

Troy is a musician, drug activist, and mother of four children. Although she was known at the time her husband was still alive because of his fame, she gained much more public attention after he passed away in 1996. This attention on Troy came because she leveraged her popularity as Nowell’s wife to carry on in the tradition started by the Sublime band in the 1990s. Here is all we know about her life before and after the passing away of her husband.

Summary of Troy Dendekker’s Biography

  • Full name: Troy Dendekker
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: born 8 March 1971
  • Troy Dendekker’s Age: 52 years old
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Troy Dendekker’s Husband: Kiki Holmes
  • Troy Dendekker’s Children: Jakob James Nowell, Mary Jane, Erica Angel, and Rudi Nowell
  • Troy Dendekker’s Parents: David and Robin Newton
  • Troy Dendekker’s Net worth: $1 Million – $5 Million.
  • Famous for: being the wife of the Late Bradley Nowell
  • Troy Dendekker’s Instagram: @mamatroypma

How Old Is Troy Dendekker?

Troy Dendekker is 52 years old and was born on the 8th of March 1971 in Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America. Her parents are David and Robin Newton, who were originally from Columbia, South Carolina. Although nothing is known about her ethnicity, it is believed that she has a mixed ethnic heritage.

Troy spent her early years with her parents, as they were the ones who raised her. Besides the names of her parents, no other information about other family members she may have is available in the public space, and this boils down to the fact that she prefers to keep details of her personal life private.

Similarly, there is no available information about her early education, however, it’s known that she studied at Notre Dame High School. She also attended college, where she studied to become a substance abuse counselor, but there’s no information about the name of the tertiary institution she attended.

Troy and Bradley Nowell Met at a Concert in San Diego

Troy Dendekker Biography and Net Worth of Bradley Nowell's Wife
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It is not known exactly how the relationship between Troy and Nowell started, however, it’s known that their first meeting was in 1993 in San Diego when Nowell and the Sublime band toured the city. Subsequently, they started dating and were often described as the rock and roll couple.

Their relationship was full of fun, as Troy traveled with the Sublime band on all of their tours. This went a long way in strengthening the bond of love and connection between them. The entire band got used to Troy being around, and so it wasn’t a problem when they got to know that she and Nowell were expecting a child in 1994. On June 25 of the following year, they welcomed their first child, a son.

Seeing how far they had come in their relationship, coupled with the fact that a child was already in the picture, they decided it was time to make things official. So, they wedded in front of a small crowd in Las Vegas on May 18, 1996, in a Hawaiian-themed ceremony.

Troy Dendekker Became a Widow a Week After They Got Married

After Troy Dendekker and Bradley Nowell tied the knot, everything continued to be just as it should, but only for a short while, as the unexpected happened, changing Troy’s life forever. Exactly one week after their wedding, precisely on the 25th of May 1996, Bradley Nowell’s band was all ready to start a five-day tour of Northern California.

This was supposed to be followed by a European and East Coast tour, but it was not to be as Nowell was found dead in his room at the Ocean View Motel, San Francisco (now Seascape Inn), where the band was staying. He died from a heroin overdose.

Nowell struggled with substance abuse. He was addicted to heroin, and his bandmates and manager constantly advised him to seek help. Meanwhile, in the early stage of the Sublime band, he refused to get involved with drugs.

However, following the release and success of their cassette tape titled ‘Jah won’t Pay the Bills’ in 1991, the pressure that came with doing music and meeting the expectations of fame overshadowed him, and so he decided to try heroin.

According to Nowell’s father, his reason for taking heroin was that he felt like he had to be larger than life. And since he was the leader of the band and the focal point of their fans, he had to put on this persona. His decision to tow this path was partly based on the fact that he heard a lot of musicians say they were taking heroin to be more creative.

Troy Dendekker’s Son With Nowell Bradley is Also a Musician

As we mentioned earlier, Troy and Bradley welcomed their first child (a son who’s their only child together) on June 25, 1995. His name is Jakob James Nowell, and he was single-handedly raised by Troy following her husband’s passing.

In 2013, Jakob established the music band LAW, following in his father’s footsteps. He is a vocalist in the group, and just like his late father, he is known for being an energetic performer and also for his singing ability.

He also inherited the guitar-playing talent from his father, as he plays the instrument with ease, just like him. As a rock star, Jakob has written and recorded several songs and has been the frontman of LAW for many years.

While he is the only child of his late father, Jakob James Nowell is one of Troy Dendekker’s four children. This is to say that he has three siblings, and they are sisters, Mary Jane and Erica Angel, and a brother named Rudi. Troy had three of them with Kiki Holmes, her second husband, whom she got married to on the 1st of November 2002.

What Does Bradley Nowell’s Wife Do for a Living?

Troy Dendekker promotes reggae rock and ska-punk music, a music genre that her late husband was into while he was alive. She also promotes drug awareness and prevention among fans and has equally made it a point of duty to help fans and artists suffering from drug addictions.

Even though we cannot say exactly what she does to earn a living, it’s known that her marriage to Nowell got her involved in the entertainment industry.

What is Troy’s Net Worth?

Troy Dendekker’s net worth was estimated to be between $1 million – $5 million. In addition to what we know her to be involved in, she is also actively involved in her son, Jakob’s music career. She is often seen with him at shows/performances and recordings.

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Chidimma is a writer and editor that has spent the last five years researching celebrities' biographies to uncover unknown facts about their personal lives


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