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15 Celebrities Who Died Without Updating or Writing Wills

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10. Sonny Bono
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Photo credit: Flickr/Angelo Souza

The former musician and U.S. Representative passed away in 1998 following a skiing accident. The star, who was part of the pop group Sonny & Cher, failed to write a will before his death. His fourth wife Mary, who took over his congressional seat, became his estate’s administrator.

Problems arose in 1999 when Sean Machu came forward saying that he was Bono’s illegitimate love child. He reportedly wanted a piece of Bono’s estate and so did his ex-wife Cher, who alleged that he owed her alimony. Machu later dumped his lawsuit.

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