Manasha Matheson is the ex-wife of Jerry Garcia, an American musician, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Manasha is particularly known as the ex-wife of a famous musician. Jerry came to prominence for performing as a lead songwriter, guitarist, and singer with the rock band Grateful Dead. He was one of the founding members of the band. They hit the limelight for following the counterculture of the 1960s. He was the leader of the band, which won him several awards and accolades throughout the 1970s and 80s. Even after being disavowed from the band, his name was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the band for which he performed for 30 years.
He released many solo albums and worked for albums of other artists during his career. He was a guitar player with exceptional playing skills. In 2003 he stood 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and 46th in 2015.
Manasha Matheson’s Family Background
Manasha’s ex-husband Jerry was born Jerome John Garcia on August 1, 1942, in the Excelsior District of San Francisco, California. Jerry’s father Jose Ramon “Joe” Garcia was of northwest Spanish descent, while his mother Ruth Marie “Bobbie” Garcia, was born in San Francisco. During his initial career, Jerry performed at the coffee house where he met Sara Ruppenthal in 1960. Garcia married his first wife, Sara in April 1963, with whom he had a daughter Heather.
Manasha met Jerry in 1978, Garcia who was also a music artist. They married after nearly 10 years of relationship in August 1990 at their home in San Anselmo, California. They have a daughter, Keelin Noel Garcia.
Manasha Matheson’s Career
Manasha’s ex-husband Jerry Gracia’s father was a retired professional musician and his mother was a piano player, as such Jerry started learning music in his childhood. He started playing piano at an early age. Even though his middle finger was cut off in an accident, it could not stop him from becoming a legendary guitarist. He studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Denman Junior High School, Balboa High School, and graduated from the local Menlo Oaks school. He started his professional musical career by founding the band Grateful Dead. He, as a principal vocalist and songwriter, composed hit songs such as Franklin’s Tower”, “Scarlet Begonias”, and “Dark Star”. He also collaborated with Robert Hunter for a few songs.
The singer struggled with an overdose of heroin and cocaine and was sent to a drug rehabilitation facility in California where he died of a heart attack on August 9, 1995 at 53.
Manasha Matheson’s Family Net Worth
Manasha’s husband left a net worth of $15 million, which he earned from his marvelous 30 years of career as one of the country’s most popular singers, songwriters, and musicians. Soon after his death lawsuits were filed by his former wife Carolyn Adams for his actual wealth of $50 million in real estate, intellectual property, royalties, record license, art collection, guitar collection, etc. Manasha receives annual alimony of $250,000 generated from the estate, royalties, and other sources of Jerry. Jerry’s first wife Carolyn received an amount of $1.2 million, as Jerry had agreed to pay her $5 million with $250,000 per year. As of today, Jerry’s various properties, licensing deals, and royalties generate millions of dollars every year which goes to his legal heirs. Jerry posthumously was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.