Sep 112012
 

Sherman Hemsley, who delighted American television audiences as the cantankerous George Jefferson, sadly lost a battle with cancer on July 24, 2012.  In a development that surely makes a bad situation even worse, a legal battle over his estate has caused his embalmed body to remain in refrigeration at an El Paso, Texas, funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will. It seems that a dispute has arisen between Hemsley’s manager and “beloved partner” Flora Enchinton, and Richard Thornton, a man who claims to be the actor’s brother.  According to the funeral home, the Philadelphia More…

Jul 172012
 

The representatives for Michael Jackson’s estate have filed legal documents which show that the estate has generated gross earnings exceeding $475 million as of the end of May and is well on its way to settling the $500 million of debt the King of Pop left behind when he died.  The lawyers estimate that the remaining debt will be paid off by the end of the year.  Jackson was found dead in his Los Angeles, California home three years ago after he overdosed on prescription drugs. While it is certainly easier to settle the debts of the decedent from estate More…

Apr 262012
 
Thomas Kinkade's Estate Braces For Fight Between Wife, Girlfriend

The estate of Thomas Kinkade, the popular artist and businessman, who was famous for his paintings depicting cottages, idyllic settings, and scenes with Christian themes, is gearing up for a fight between the artist’s girlfriend and his wife. Kinkade’s wife, Nanette, from whom Kinkade was separated at the time of his death, has received a restraining order against the artist’s live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto-Walsh.  The court documents, filed on behalf of the Kinkade Family Trust, attempt to prevent the girlfriend from making statements or engaging in conduct that would reflect negatively on Kinkade.  They also prevent her from disclosing information More…

Apr 192012
 
Dick Clark Dies, Leaves Behind Large Estate

Dick Clark, the television host, producer, CEO, restaurateur, concert promoter and real estate investor who helped bring rock music into the mainstream on “American Bandstand” and rang in the New Year for the masses at Times Square, died yesterday of a heart attack.  He was 82. Clark, who for a time in the 1980s was counted among the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, left behind an estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Described as a “workaholic,” Clark hosted television shows on all the major television networks, including such hits as the $20,000 Pyramid, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve More…

Feb 142012
 
Whitney Houston’s Estate Will Likely Swell Following Her Death

Within hours of her untimely death, artist Whitney Houston was already fast on her way to becoming a hot commodity, as downloads of her singles soared and those who played a part in her career development began preparations to bring her impressive, if troubled, career to the forefront once again.  Whitney may join the ranks of other famous artists who have achieved the dubious distinction of great commercial success beyond the grave.  According to Forbes, the top five highest-earning dead celebrities of 2011 raked in almost $300 million last year and three of them; Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and John More…