Manic Street Preachers star Richey Edwards has been declared presumed dead - 13 years after he disappeared.
It is believed his parents Graham and Sherry applied for the court order so their son's assets, frozen since he mysteriously went missing in 1995, can be released.
The couple of Blackwood, Gwent, could legally have done so seven years later but the devout Methodists hoped he might be found alive.
Guitarist Edwards is thought to have killed himself aged 27 by jumping off the Severn Bridge after his car was found abandoned nearby.
He was not married and had no children so his pounds 455,990 estate, reduced to pounds 377,548 after liabilities, will go to his parents.
The band's other members - James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore - had been putting a quarter of the group's royalties aside for Richey. Their publicist said the court order offered them "some kind of closure".