How is Troy Dendekker Life After Husband Bradley Nowell’s Death? Her Bio, Career

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Troy Dendekker is the wife of the late American musician Bradley Nowell, the lead singer, and guitarist of the ska-punk band Sublime. After the death of her husband, Troy has been largely identified in the media as Nowell’s widow. Troy runs awareness campaigns on drug addiction, in the wake of her husband’s death from a heroin overdose.

Apart from all these, Dendekker is also a mother and is apparently leading a great life in the present. Well, in this article, we are going to dig out all the hidden facts about her.

Key Takeaways

  • Troy Dendekker was married for just a week before her then-husband, Bradley Nowell died of a drug overdose.
  • Troy has a son with her late first husband.
  • She remarried shortly after Bradley’s death. Her second husband is Kiki Holmes, aka. Keith Holmes.
  • Dendekker is a mother of four kids, she has three sons and one daughter, however, she hasn’t revealed the identity of her daughter.

Troy Dendekker Was Married to Bradley Nowell With Children

As we mentioned earlier, Troy is the widow of Sublime’s lead singer and guitarist, the late Bradley Nowell. Though it is hard to tell how they met, the couple reportedly began dating in the early 1990s when Nowell was supposedly out on one of his tours.

Soon after their romantic relationship began, Dendekker got pregnant with her first child in October 1994. She and her late husband gave birth to their only child Jakob James Nowell on June 25, 1995.

Troy Dendekker With Her Late Husband Bradley Nowell
Troy Dendekker With Her Late Husband Bradley Nowell

Just a year after the arrival of their son, the couple decided to walk down the aisle. Well, on June 25, 1995, Troy finally married her longtime boyfriend Bradley. The beautiful Hawaiian-themed wedding ceremony was held in Las Vegas and was attended by close friends and family.

Dendekker’s Husband Died a Week After Their Wedding

Things between the two were going pretty well until the tragedy struck. Just a week after their marriage, on the morning of May 25, 1996, Bradley died of a heroin overdose.

The incident happened at the Ocean View Motel in San Francisco, where Nowell along with his band members was staying. It was Bud Gaugh, one of the band members, who woke up to find Bradley laying dead on his bed next to him. Though Gaugh called paramedics, he was pronounced dead on the spot and had rather died several hours earlier.

Dendekker Has a Son With Her Husband Jakob
Troy’s husband Bradley and son Jakob

As per the reports, Bradley had tried waking up his band members to go out to the beach earlier that morning but they were too hungover to go out. After the cremation, his ashes were spread over his favorite surfing spot in Surfside, California.

Talking about his husband’s death days later, Troy Dendekker, who was 26 at the time stated with tears rolling down her cheeks, “At first, I was so angry. I wanted him here so I could yell at him.”

Troy Dendekker Still Loves Her Late Husband The Same

It is not easy to forget someone close to you, especially if the person is someone you love immensely. The same goes for Troy, who lost her longtime boyfriend-turned-husband just a week after their marriage.

It looks like she is not over the memories of her time spent with him. It has been over two decades and Troy still seems to have the same love for him. The 52 years old keeps on posting photos of her with Bradley on her social and that pretty much reflects her love for him.

On September 5, 2020, Troy posted a beautiful photo of her together with Bradley which she captioned, “Hi Bradley.” Have a look.


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Apart from this, there are a number of posts she has shared over the years.

She Married For The Second Time To Kiki Holmes

A few years after the death of her husband, Troy married for the second time to Kiki Holmes, aka. Keith Holmes. The couple married on November 1, 2002. The couple was together in a marital relationship for over 15 years.

Troy Dendekker With Her Husband Kiki Holmes
Troy Dendekker With Her Husband Kiki Holmes

In October 2016, Kiki even shared a photo of his marriage certificate, marking their 14 years of togetherness. In the caption of his now-deleted Instagram post, he wrote,

4 years with the woman that I love so much. Feels like 36 years ha ha I love my wife and what we created together. #onlylove

Similarly, on the occasion of their 15th wedding anniversary, Troy’s second husband Kiki shared a video clip that featured photos from their wedding. The post has, however, since been deleted.

But unfortunately, despite all the bonding and love for one another, the former husband and wife are no more together. As per the documents, the couple filed for divorce on July 25, 2018. Well, there are no updates on whether their divorce is finalized.

Troy Has Three Children With Her Second Husband

Apart from Jakob, who was born from Troy’s first marriage, she has three other children as well. In a marriage with Kiki that lasted over 16 years, she gave birth to three kids. Her two children are named Rudy, and Mary. But, she has not revealed the name of the third child, a daughter.

Well, she shares a great relationship with all her kids and often shares photos of them on their social media. On the occasion of Jakob’s 25th birthday, she even shared a photo of all three kids.

Troy celebrates Her Son Jakob's 25th birthday with other three children with second husband Kiki Holmes
Troy Celebrates Her Son Jakob’s 25th Birthday With Other Three Children With Second Husband Kiki Holmes

We wish her a happy family life.

Troy Dendekker Short Bio: Early Life, Parents

Talking about the early days of Troy, she was born on March 8, 1971, to father David Newton, and mother Robin Newton. Well, she is not the only child of her parents but also had a brother named Draak, who is no more.

Social Media

Troy is pretty active on social media, especially Instagram and Facebook. As of 2023, she has around 18.7k followers on her Instagram where she goes by Mama Troy. Likewise, she also has a Facebook profile, but she has unfortunately kept it private.