Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green leaves £4.5million in his will, but his son who won a court battle to prove the rock star was his father won’t get a dime
- Peter Green, who died in 2020, makes no mention of his son Liam Firlej, 36, in his will
- Instead, he left three-quarters of his £4.5million estate to his three siblings
- The last quarter will go to his daughter if she can prove that she is his biological child
Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green has left £4.5million in his will – but his son who fought a legal battle to prove the rock legend was his father will not receive a penny.
Green, 73, who died in July 2020 after a long battle with drugs and mental illness, makes no mention of his son Liam Firlej, 36, in his will.
He left a quarter of his estate to Rosebud Green, who lives in the United States, but only if she can prove she is his biological daughter.
Green married Canadian-born Jane Samuels in 1978 and the couple had one daughter, Rosebud, before divorcing in 1979. It’s unclear why he specifically asked her to prove he was his father, but his will was written at a time when he was suffering. of several mental health problems.
The other three-quarters of Green’s estate goes to his brothers Michael and Leonard Green, and his sister Linda Aviram, who also have the final say on whether Roesbund is his daughter before receiving her inheritance.
Probate Office figures show he left a gross estate of £4,847,463 reduced to £4,593,341 when his debts were paid.
Green’s failure to mention Mr. Firlej follows a long battle on his part to prove he was his father.
Peter Green, 73, who died in July 2020 after a long battle with drugs and mental illness, makes no mention of his son Liam Firlej, 36, in his will
Green’s failure to mention Mr Firlej follows a long battle on his part to prove he was his father
In a 2020 newspaper interview, Mr Firlej revealed that he only found out the full truth in 2017 following a DNA case at the High Court, describing him ‘as the finest day of my life”.
He was born following a years-long romance between Green and Mr. Firlej’s mother, Janina, which began around 1980 when the singer was in his thirties and Janina was 18.
Green refused to recognize his son when he was young and finally met him when he was in his twenties but did not accept him.
Mr Firlej revealed he grew up revering the co-founder of the iconic band – whose hits include Albatross, Need Your Love So Bad and Black Magic Woman – and was desperate for the star to reunite with him but that he was haunted by his music. .
After Green’s death, Mr Firlej said: ‘I am devastated that he is dead – but also so angry that I never had the opportunity to have a father in my life.
“It would work for about six months and then I would keep hearing the music and think ‘I just can’t get away from it. It always drives me crazy.
Liam Firlej as a teenager with his mother. He was born following a years-long love affair between Green and Mr. Firlej’s mother, Janina.
Green refused to recognize his son when he was young and finally met him when he was in his twenties but did not accept him
Green, an influential blues rock guitarist from Bethnal Green in London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood after a stint in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – replacing Eric Clapton.
Green and Fleetwood wanted John McVie to join the band on bass and named the band Fleetwood Mac to attract him – a strategy that ultimately succeeded.
Under his leadership, the band produced three albums and a series of highly acclaimed tracks, including Black Magic Woman and Oh Well.
Green left Fleetwood Mac after a final performance in 1970 as he battled mental health issues and spiraling drug use, later sleeping rough.
He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospitals undergoing electroconvulsive therapy in the mid-1970s.