28 Celebrities Who Died Without a Will

It's surprising to note that so many famous musicians, actors, and athletes have passed without leaving a will. When fame - and large sums of money - are involved, you might expect those types of preparations to be made well in advance. But a number of celebrities either passed unexpectedly or left behind disputed documents. Some famous people who didn't have wills had their estates divided amicably by family members, but most celebrities who passed without wills ended up having the rights to their estates battled out in courts for years.

Arguably, the most famous case on this list is Michael Jackson. While Jackson did, in fact, have a will, it resulted in years of legal battles between his siblings and attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who were named the executors of Jackson's estate. Similarly, Jimi Hendrix passed in 1970 without leaving a will, provoking decades of legal fights between his family members. In 2009, his siblings ended up in court over the rights to the musician's iconic image. Other celebrities who did not have a will include Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, and Prince.

Who else will you find on this list? Read on to find out.

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