Troy Dendekker is the better half of the late Bradley Nowell, the lead singer, and guitarist of the 90’s band Sublime. The couple tied the knot in a Hawaiian-themed ceremony in Las Vegas, on May 18, 1996, almost eleven months after welcoming their son. Seven days after the wedding, on the morning of May 25, Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28.
Bradley, a hugely talented singer and guitarist, suffered from an addiction to drugs. It took Troy and their child, Jakob, to change and sober up Bradley. Sadly, however, a week after Troy and Bradley got married, Bradley started taking heroin and was found dead from an overdose while the band was on tour.
Still, Troy and Bradley were quite the rock ‘n’ roll couple, and even though Troy remarried, Bradley’s memory was forever etched in her heart. In an Instagram post, under her name “mamatroypma,” Troy gives homage to her late husband Bradley sharing a picture of Bradley, thanking him for his music that has given so much color and inspiration to her life and soul. According to Troy, his music was an inspiring combination of genres, including reggae, rock, punk, ska, and hip-hop.
With her experience of losing a husband to drugs, Troy has been driven to inform people about the dangers of drugs, dreaming of,and working towards, a drug-free America.
What happened to Troy Dendekker?
Sadly, Troy Dendekker lost her husband just as they were making a life together. Her husband was a great musician, making a name for himself in the rock and pop world. This led her to love for music, and a dedication to raise awareness of drug addiction in the music industry.