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5/26/2011 (2 years ago)

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Controversy swirls about copper heiresses last will and testament

Huguette M. Clark was buried as she had lived - without family and ostentation. Clark, who passed away at the age of 104, had spent the last 22 years of her life in hospital rooms, in spite of her robust good health. The only people at her burial were funeral employees who placed her casket in the family mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.

There was no priest for Huguette Clark, who was raised a Roman Catholic, like her mother. She was laid to rest next to her father, mother and sister in the recently restored mausoleum.

There was no priest for Huguette Clark, who was raised a Roman Catholic, like her mother. She was laid to rest next to her father, mother and sister in the recently restored mausoleum.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/26/2011 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Heiress, will, Huguette Clark, relatives


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There was no priest for Huguette Clark, who was raised a Roman Catholic, like her mother. She was laid to rest next to her father, mother and sister in the recently restored mausoleum. Clark's surviving family members, who had known and visited Huguette in years past, were shooed away by e-mails from her attorney, Wallace "Wally" Bock, who along with Clark's accountant is under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, investigating the handling of her copper mining fortune, estimated at $500 million. Clark had no children, and her only relatives were half-great-nieces and half-great-nephews and others descended from her father's first marriage, and scattered descendants of her mother's siblings. The daughter of mining tycoon and U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark, died this week at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, where she was registered under a fake name. Clark had been secluded for decades. Beginning in 2008, her attorney obtained consent from the Clark family, all of whom are descendants from her father's first marriage, for an additional space to be added inside the mausoleum. Construction didn't begin until this spring, allowing Huguette to be entombed next to her beloved older sister, Andrée, who died of meningitis at age 16 in 1919, when Huguette was 13. A criminal investigation into her financial affairs continues. Bock, 79, and her accountant, Irving H. Kamsler, 64, a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to send indecent materials to minors are being investigated. No one has been charged with any crime in the handling of Clark's finances, and the men have said that they handled her accounts strictly according to her wishes. A will has not yet been filed. A will could be contested, leading to a court battle over her estate.

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