The Daily News is reporting that last will and testament of comedy legend/philanthropist Jerry Lewis excluded — by name — the six sons he shared with first wife Patti Palmer.
“I have intentionally excluded Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis and Joseph Christopher Lewis and their descendants as beneficiaries of my estate, it being my intention that they shall receive no benefits hereunder,” the will obtained by the website read.
(Son Joseph died in 2009 after a battle with drug addiction, meaning this will pre-dates that.)
So who will inherit his massive $50 million estate? Most likely it will go to his widow, former Las Vegas dancer SanDee Pitnick (whom he married in 1983 when he was 56 and she was 32) and their 25-year-old daughter Danielle.
From the LA Times:
Lewis is said to have cut ties with his other children shortly after adopting Danielle as a newborn. Lewis admitted in several interviews that he had been unfaithful to Palmer, particularly at the height of his popularity with comedy partner Dean Martin.
Lewis’ oldest son, Gary, became a pop music star with Gary Lewis and the Playboys in the 1960s.
Gary spoke out after Joseph’s death and blamed their father.
He claimed Lewis had turned his back on Joseph and that the youngest son “partly died of a broken heart,” according to The Globe.
Eh. Family’s are messy – and you should never count on an inheritance – but this strikes me as sad for everybody involved.
(Photo: Pacific Coast News)