Elizabeth Edwards Cuts John Out of Will
Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her three children and nothing to her estranged husband, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, according to her will that was released Wednesday.
The will, which was first obtained by the television show Inside Edition, was signed Dec. 1 — six days before she died after a six-year battle with breast cancer. The couple’s eldest daughter, Cate Elizabeth Edwards, was named executor of the will. Her husband’s name is not mentioned in the will.
John Edwards, a former presidential candidate and vice-presidential nominee who grew up in Robbins, was not mentioned in the will.
The couple separated early last year after he admitted to fathering a child in an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a former campaign videographer. He initially denied that he was the girl’s father.
“All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death I give and bequeath to my children,” Elizabeth Edwards said in a copy of the document.
Elizabeth Edwards also stipulated that if she were the only surviving parent of her minor children, Emma Claire and Jack, at her time of death, she wanted 28-year-old Cate Edwards to be their guardian.
Though some reports suggested that the two became closer during Elizabeth Edwards’ final days, John did not speak during her funeral.
He was by her side, along with the children and other friends, when she died Dec. 7 at their home outside Chapel Hill.
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