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Ungrateful Dead -- Garcia Sued by Dead Pal

12/30/2008 2:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's always a shame when two lifelong friends fight over money. It's even worse when they're dead.

The estate of keyboardist Merl Saunders is suing the estate of Jerry Garcia over a CD of a live performance of theirs that was released in 2004. According to a federal lawsuit filed yesterday, Saunders' estate claims it has equal rights to the music, but didn't find out about the CD until after it was released.

Saunders' estate wants in excess of $100,000. Neither Saunders nor Garcia could be reached for comment because they're both dead.


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this is ridiculous!!!!! what next?????

2093 days ago


Oh that's just plain funny.

2093 days ago


At what point do you have enough money? These families probably have so much that $100,000 is nothing. Certainly not enough to make themselves look bad and bum everyone else out.

2093 days ago



2093 days ago

oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

well, they r entitled, why not?...but ur last comment is pretty sad tmz

2093 days ago

lost in lalaland    

I can assure you, the Merl Saunders family is not swimming in dough. If they're entitled, they're entitled. Courts will decide. And if Jerry made $$ off this release (Well-Matched, a great CD:, he'd want Merl (or his esate) to share in the benefits.

2093 days ago


The vultures sure come out to pick the bones once the body is done living.

2093 days ago


Jerry's estate is also in legal limbo. He had many wives, girlfriends and children; all of whom are upset that Debrorah Koons Garcia (married jerry less than a year before he died). Deb scooped up the estate and released many live albums that legally were NOT hers. She start PURE JERRY to release the CD's and did not share with the musicans or the rest of the family. Lawyers shut down her company and forced her to stop selling the CD's. The are currently waiting to go to court to resolve the estate (AGAIN).

This is not Jerry's real family being sued by Merl's. It is Merl's family suing a gold digger that was barely in Jerry's life since she tried to steal him from Mt Girl and the family back in the 70"s.

Jerry sharred all recordings with the participating musicians. It is same for the fans that Jerry's estate can't be resolved.

It is ugly.

2093 days ago


This is discusting. It just shows how greedy people are. Okay, if the estate wins the $100,000; who get the money? The dead guy. Just let the men RIP. (that's Rest In Peace) for those idiots)

2093 days ago


hey its just business. if merl is owed something, like giving all his archives to rhino or whatever, he's entitled. i hardly think merl was very well off and am sure his family has substantial medical bills to deal with.

2093 days ago


Debra has big money, Merl had none. He lived in a small apartment. Merl's estate is entitled to Merl's stuff. What really burns me up is all the GARCIA BAND tapes which are rapidly deteriorating. Even a judge ORDERED those tapes to be digitalized before they disintrigate completely, but THEY STILL HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFERED. It seems that even though Garcia was a leader in sharing his music for free, Debra wants to SELL his music against his wishes. Now, due to all the lawsuits, I would not be suprised if they couldn't find an engineer to do the transfers. Who would want to get in the middle of rich suing rich? The tragedy is that all Garcia's non-dead music may be lost forever over MONEY and a spouse not doing the right thing.

2092 days ago


All I can say is LMAO!!!!

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