Motorhead drummer Philthy Phil Taylor leaves £1.3m to his sisters in his will

Taylor acknowledged for the first time in his will that he'd been married

Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor left a £1.3m estate in his will, mainly to his two sisters.

The drummer, known as Philthy Animal, died aged 61 in November 2015 from liver failure. His sisters Linda Taylor-Fry and Helen Greenwood received the bulk of Taylor’s estate after he publicly acknowledged the existence of his wife for the first time.

The will revealed that Taylor had married Thera Ann Johnson in 2001 but that she left him several weeks later. Knowing that he was ill, Taylor hired a private detective to trace Johnson for a divorce so that she would have no claim on his estate.

Although detectives were unable to trace Johnson, Taylor was granted a divorce two weeks before his death on the grounds of their long separation.

A friend of Lemmy, Taylor joined Motorhead in December 1975, six months after the band formed because original drummer Lucas Fox proved unreliable on their early recording sessions. Fox went on to join punk band Warsaw Pakt and The Sisters Of Mercy side-project The Sisterhood.

Taylor first left Motorhead in 1984, following a farewell appearance on BBC2 sitcom The Young Ones. After playing with Waysted and Operator, Taylor rejoined Motorhead in 1987, saying: “I always regretted leaving.” However, Taylor was fired in 1992 after recording of the album ‘I Ain’t No Nice Guy’ because he had become unreliable.

Following his departure, Taylor formed The Web Of Spider with Iggy Pop on guitar. His final appearance with Motorhead was at a Birmingham show in 2014, when he came on stage to ‘Ace Of Spades’ – only to wave to the crowd and promptly walk off stage again.