Battle for Benoit estate could get nasty
A former girlfriend of wrestler Chris Benoit is the latest to join the complex legal battle over the estate of the man known as "the Canadian Crippler".
Wrestling websites in the US are reporting claims that a female wrestler gave birth to a daughter Benoit recognised as his after the pair's six-month fling in Edmonton in 1986.
It is understood the woman is seeking part of Benoit's estate on behalf of her daughter.
The unnamed woman joins a long line of heirs for Benoit's estate, which is said to be worth millions.
The wrestler's father, who was named administrator of his son's estate, is expected to challenge the so-called "slayer's statute" that stands in the state of Georgia.
This statute says the wrestler and his heirs cannot financially gain from the crimes he committed in suffocating his son and strangling his wife.
The estate battle hinges on whether or not Benoit killed his wife Nancy before killing their young son Daniel.
If the court determines Nancy died first, her son Daniel inherits the entire estate. Under Georgian law, his two half-siblings from his father's first marriage would then become his heirs.
If the court says Daniel died first then wife Nancy inherits the estate before her own death, meaning her family inherits the estate thereafter.
Neither Chris nor Nancy Benoit wrote a will before they died.
Nancy Benoit was found with her hands and feet bound, dead from asphyxiation. Initial reports suggested Benoit strangled his son the following day, before hanging himself in family's gym.
Nancy Benoit's family is expected to contest this sequence of events when the estate hearings get underway.
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