James Gandolfini made sure his loved ones were provided for.
The "Sopranos" star, who died suddenly last month after suffering a heart attack during a trip to Italy, left millions of dollars to his family, friends, and even employees, according to his will, which was filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court on Tuesday and obtained by "omg! Insider." In the legal papers dated December 19, the New Jersey native, who was 51, left the majority of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son, Michael, who had been traveling with him when he died, and 8-month-old daughter, Liliana.
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His "beloved" son Michael, who found him in the bathroom of their Rome hotel room and called for help, already has a trust established, set up in 2002 after his parents divorced, and will be the beneficiary of his father's $7 million life insurance policy. He will also be the recipient of all of his "clothing and jewelry," which we know contains an extensive collection of wristwatches, as Gandolfini was the face of Kobold Watches, that Michael will be able to "distribute in his sole determination."
As far as real estate, the ninth grader will get the option to buy his father's Manhattan condo. The West Village apartment comes with a parking spot ("Parking Spot Number 9"), which is referenced several times in the papers. And Michael will also split his father's Italian property, which includes a house and land, with his half-sister when the infant turns 25.
"It is my hope and desire that they will continue to own said property and keep it in our family for as long as possible," Gandolfini noted.
The remainder of the estate will be split among Gandolfini's two sisters, who will get 30 percent each, and his second wife Deborah Lin and daughter Liliana, who will each receive 20 percent. (Of note, the papers also state that "other provisions" outside the will have been made for his widow. She will also get any other "tangible personal property" that belonged to the star.)
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Gandolfini also left monetary payouts to a select few of his nearest and dearest, including his two nieces ($500,000 each), personal assistant ($200,000), secretary ($200,000), godson ($100,000), and two other friends ($50,000 each).
This is the first estate filing since Gandolfini died on June 19 – and more are expected. His funeral was held on June 27 in Manhattan and attended by many members of "The Sopranos" cast as well as Alec Baldwin and John Turturro.
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