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Famous faces who died without leaving a will


Prince no will

When Prince passed away without leaving a will, he joined a long list of people who made the same mistake.

From a TV presenter to a singer and a comedian, we reveal the Brits who fell into the common trap of not thinking about a will before it was too late.

Jill Dando

Jill Dando no will

TV presenter Jill Dando was murdered in 1999. She was 37 and had no will, so despite the fact she was due to get married later that year, her partner did not inherit any of her £1.18 million estate. Instead it passed to her father (who was in his 80s) – under the rules of intestacy.

Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall no will

Comedian Rik Mayall died without making a will in 2014. He was only 56, and so may have thought he didn’t need to rush to make one.

His estate was divided according to the rules of intestacy, so his wife received the first £250,000 from his estate, and half of the rest automatically passed to his children. This may not have been exactly what he wanted, especially as it triggered a large inheritance tax bill on his £1.2 million estate.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse no will

When singer Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011 she was only 27, so had unsurprisingly not got around to making a will. As a result, her £3 million fortune passed to her parents, so