Paul Walker Daughter Inheriting Fortune? Car Crash Death Sparks Debate Over Celebrity Estate Feuds [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]

By Ani Palen December 5, 2013 2:17 PM EST
'Fast and Furious' stars Tyrese and Paul Walker. (Photo: Reuters)
Fast and Furious stars Tyrese and Paul Walker. (Photo: Reuters)

Paul Walker's daughter, Meadow, may be inheriting her dad's estimated $45 million fortune after he tragically died in a car crash. It's still unclear whether Walker left instructions regarding dividing his net worth. But the assumption is much or all of his accumulated wealth will be handed down to Meadow.

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Most of Walker's estimated $45 million estate came from the Fast and the Furious franchise, of which Walker had starred in six of the seven films. He also had roles in other movies including PleasantvilleVarsity BluesTakers and Into the Blue

Right now, fans of Walker assume there will be no feuds involved in dividing his assets. But unfortunately many celebrities' estates are not handled so delicately. The families of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Anna Nicole Smith have screamed, yelled and called one another countless names. All, of course, in the name of money.

Here were some of the worst celebrity estate feuds to date:

1. Michael Jackson

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, millions of fans were devastated at the news. But what happened next was just as shocking. Soon the Jackson family started to publicly air their money problems and delayed the late performer's burial for weeks because they were disputing his will. To the public it seemed as if the Jackson family only cared about cash and how much they would be getting from his estate.

When it was determined that MJ left everything to his children and mother, things got worse. The Jacksons fought over custody of his kids, and in a very strange turn of events, reported Katherine Jackson missing, though she later turned up in Arizona. The situation got so bad that MJ's children took to Twitter to speak out against the hurtful actions by family members. Paris Jackson even spoke up about being separated from her grandmother, whom she thought was missing, and called her uncle Randy a liar for saying his mother had suffered a stroke.

Later, footage surfaced of Paris Jackson getting into a physical altercation with Janet Jackson in a driveway. It was bad enough watching Michael Jackson's family fighting over money. But when they dragged his children into the mess it was incredibly sad. Today, the Jacksons seem to have resolved most of their feuds. In the clip above Katherine Jackson is surrounded by her children why she explains "going missing" and why she is hurt that her grandchildren were taken from her custody.

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2. Farrah Fawcett

When Farrah Fawcett died in 2009, on the same day as Michael Jackson, similar drama quickly started. Fawcett ended up leaving her entire estate to her son Redmond O'Neal Fawcett, much to the dismay of her longtime boyfriend Ryan O'Neal. In a bizarre interview given to Vanity Fair, Ryan O'Neal made dark jokes about getting his hands on his late girlfriend's estate: "She has lots of money; we're trying to find out how much," he said. "I think she's got about $25 million in the bank and in properties." He also claimed that Fawcett had promised to marry him before she died, though Vanity Fair seemed to doubt the claim.

O'Neal's own son by ex-wife Joanna Cook Moore, Griffin O'Neal, expressed disgust over his father's behavior. "My dad's only goal was to make sure he would be in the will," he told the magazine. "It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as he found out she was terminal. I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass. Ryan thought he was going to get everything." He also claimed that Fawcett did not want to marry his father, who had refused to sign a prenup.

Since then, O'Neal Sr. has made headlines because of an Andy Warhol painting he took from Fawcett's house shortly after her death. The University of Texas in Austin is currently demanding that he hand over the painting because Fawcett left her art collection to the school in her will. O'Neil seems to be on good terms with Redmond, but Griffin believes that his father took advantage of Fawcett by trying to get money out of her in her dying days, so the two remain estranged. In this clip, Griffin talks about his father with Larry King.

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3. Anna Nicole Smith

Dr. Michael Baird (L) speaks to the media as attorney Emerick Knowles (C) and Larry Birkhead share the stage after a DNA test found that Birkhead is the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, in Nassau April 10, 2007. (Photo: Reuters)
Dr. Michael Baird (L) speaks to the media as attorney Emerick Knowles (C) and Larry Birkhead share the stage after a DNA test found that Birkhead is the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, in Nassau April 10, 2007. (Photo: Reuters)

When Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007, her entire estate was left to her 5-month-old daughter Dannielynn and the child's father, Larry Birkhead. Birkhead had to go to court and prove with a DNA test that he was in fact the child's father, because others had claimed paternity — most likely trying to get some of her inheritance. At the time of her death, Smith was going to appeal a ruling that denied her a stake of her late billionaire husband J. Howard Marshal's estate. Dying just before she was headed back to court, her lawyers planned to fight for Dannielynn to get money from Marshall's estate, meaning the toddler could inherit up to $484 million if the courts approve the appeal. 

4. Jimi Hendrix

Fans admire guitars that were owned by Jimi Hendrix. (Photo: Reuters)
Fans admire guitars that were owned by Jimi Hendrix. (Photo: Reuters)

Jimi Hendrix's estate is valued at $80 million, and when he died without a will in 1970 his estate was managed by a California attorney until 2005. That's when Hendrix's father, Al Hendrix, sued for the right to his son's music. After Al's death, his estate was transferred to his adopted daughter, Janie Hendrix.

After that, the trouble really started when Jimi's half-brother, Leon, who was left out of Al's will, sued demanding he be written back in. He claimed his stepsister manipulated their father to put her in control of Experience Hendrix, the company founded to license Hendrix memorabilia. That's when the legal battle really began, and the family started to fall apart. Leon claimed Janie misused the estate, allegedly spending $1.7 million on her corporate credit card. Janie accused Leon of drug abuse. When all was said and done, Superior Court Judge Jeffery Ramsdell ruled to uphold Al Hendrix's final will. Leon did not inherit anything from the estate, though Janie was removed from her position as trustee.

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5. Brooke Astor

Anthony Marshall (C) is seen in New York Criminal Court, June 21, 2013. Marshall, 89, who was a Broadway producer, U.S. diplomat and decorated U.S. military veteran, and the son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor, turned himself in at a Manhattan courthouse on Friday to begin a 1- to 3-year prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars from his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. (Photo: Reuters)
Anthony Marshall (C) is seen in New York Criminal Court, June 21, 2013. Marshall, 89, who was a Broadway producer, U.S. diplomat and decorated U.S. military veteran, and the son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor, turned himself in at a Manhattan courthouse on Friday to begin a 1- to 3-year prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars from his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. (Photo: Reuters)

When New York socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor died in 2007, many people turned their focus to her only son, Anthony Marshall. He had been accused of elder abuse for years, and many suspected he was stealing millions from his mother. Later, a judge found him guilty of looting his mother's $185 million estate and making changes to her will while she suffered from Alzheimer's. Marshall was sentenced to one to three years in prison, but after becoming too weak and frail was released on parole.

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