Here's How Roy Orbison Lost Wife Claudette and 2 Sons Within Two Years of Each Other

Roy Orbison was dealt with a series of unfortunate events in life! Having his wife and kids die within two years was devastating, but the great singer held on to his faith.

Most people grew up hearing about great musicians like Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, and so on. But only a few who are genuinely blessed know the magic that was Orbison.


Orbison was married to his college sweetheart Claudette, and together, the couple had three children, Roy Dewayne, Wesley, and Anthony. And then things started to fall apart, and the singer lost his wife in a motorcycle accident.

Claudette' motorbike struck the door of a truck, causing her to die instantly. Orbison was devastated beyond measure about the loss of his wife, but not long after another disaster struck.

The "Only the Lonely Know" singer was on tour in Britain when he learned his house in America caught fire killing two of his kids in the process.


No one ever gets past tribulations like these, but according to Orbison, one can get through it if they hold on to faith, which was what he did.

The years were trying as it would have been for any man in Orbison's position. But he took it in good stride, continued to tour and even found love again. He let his faith lead him, with the thought that it was never about him, but instead, it's just life!

After the death of his wife, Orbison married German teen, Barbara Jakobs and the two would later have two sons together.


Orbison was born in 1936 and at the age of 6 was given a guitar by his parents. That gift was one of the best things that ever happened to the singer, and it orchestrated his way into becoming one of the finest.

He was declared by Elvis Presley as the best singer in the world thanks to his adorable vocal that could help co so high and so low in an unimaginable way.

He would later become a massive star who would leave his audience mesmerized by how well he could control his great asset (his voice) during performances.

No one could do it like Roy Orbison!

Not only was his voice a thing of magic, but he was also a great songwriter. His rise to stardom was writing a song which went on to top the charts for the Everly Brothers.



Orbison was however taken from the world on December 6, 1988, at an early age of 52. He died of a heart attack. Regardless of it all, the world will remember the "Big O" as he is fondly called by many as the magic that he was!

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