Celebrities are a very strange bunch. They have too much time and too much money so they don't have the restrictions the rest of us do. No wonder when the time comes for them to write their last will and testament, some very odd last wishes surface. Stuff the ordinary guy in the street wouldn't even think about gets written down by a highly paid solicitor who knows he or she will have to help the celebrity fulfil their wish after death.
Beastie Boys Adam Yauch made an unusual request in his will but an understandable one. He decided that the band's music should not be used to sell any products. That level of artistic integrity in a musician is rare so this last wish is pretty "strange" still. His bandmates have been good to their word and honoured his wishes by taking companies like Monster Energy and toy company GoldieBlox to court.
When actress Farrah Fawcett, who's most famous for her part in Charlie's Angels, gave her ex-lover $100,000 but left her boyfriend of 18 years nothing in her will, the tabloid press in America jumped all over it. Did it mean she didn't love Ryan O'Neal? Was she secretly seeing ex-lover Gregory Lawrence Lott? The ex-boyfriend made a lot out of nothing by telling the press that, "this news that I am indeed in her will and Ryan is not raises some serious questions about why he prevented me from seeing the love of my life in her final months." But the truth is never as interesting as the papers like to make out. She gave the bulk of her fortune to her son as O'Neal has made enough money over the years from his acting work and recent property deals.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
When the Oscar-winning actor passed away from a heroin overdose, he left his estate to his "friend and companion" Mimi O'Donnell. There's nothing unusual about that of course but he made one interesting provision in his will. The will was written when his son, Cooper, was an infant and yet the actor was very clear that his son should be raised anywhere but Hollywood. This seems like the sort of thing he could have put in place himself. Had he wanted to keep his family away from whatever corrupting influence he felt Hollywood offered, why didn't he just move them away?
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