TEDDY PENDERGRASS' MURDERED GIRLFRIEND:
Teddy Pendergrass reveals in his book, “Truly Blessed,” that in 1974, he fell in love with a woman by the name of Taazmayia (Taaz) Lang (pictured above in 2nd photo). He considered her as every bit as unique and exotic as her name.
She was the ex-wife of Philadelphia Eagles fullback Izzy Lang and she was a well-known businesswoman in her own right.
In 1976, Pendergrass moved into her beautiful home. He quickly saw that she had impeccable business sense and he hired her to keep a eye on his finances.
Pendergrass added, when the Jackson’s were in town, they always came over to Taaz’s home to visit and to play with her son along with neighbor Grover Washington, Jr.’s son, Grover III.
Pendergrass remembers hanging out with the Jackson’s and joking around, everyone was included in the mischief with the exception of Michael. “I couldn’t help but notice how quiet he was and how he appeared too interested in the trinkets and knickknacks displayed and how beautifully Taaz had decorated her house.
On April 14, 1977, Pendergrass was at his office getting ready to leave that night for his next concert date. Taaz was tending to business but got back to Philly in time to say good-bye before I left. We promised to talk the next day.
As the rest of the entourage checked into the hotel, a desk clerk said, “Mr. Pendergrass, you have a urgent message from Philadelphia.
I dialed the number and was informed that Taaz had been murdered. I was in shock.
Apparently, the night before, Taaz and Jo Jo Tynes, an employee of mine, drove my Mercedes to her home. Jo Jo was getting something out of the trunk and Taaz was getting out her keys to open the front door when someone emerged from the bushes and shot her at point blank range (execution style). The bullet passed through her arm and pierced her heart; she died almost instantly. “I have never gotten over her murder.”
The case remains unsolved.