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Benoit's Last Victim Will Seal Fate of His Millions

8/16/2007 11:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In a macabre twist to the Chris Benoit case, the fate of the wrestler's multi-million-dollar estate will be determined by whether he killed his wife Nancy or his son Daniel first during his murderous rampage in June -- and Nancy's family is already contesting the official police story as it lays claim to the inheritance.

It comes down to this, according to an ABC News report: If Benoit killed Daniel the morning after ending Nancy Benoit's life, as authorities have suggested, the wrestler's two children from a previous marriage will get the money. Otherwise, Nancy's family stands to take the real estate, cash, and investments in question.

Richard Decker, a lawyer for Nancy Benoit's family, is skeptical of the Fayetteville, Ga. police findings, as well of those of the coroner. "Like everyone else, I've seen preliminary findings and opinions," he tells ABC. "We're not so sure that what we're hearing is exactly correct."

And how's this for creepy? A Georgia state statute known as the "slayer statute" says that Benoit himself, though he died after his wife and son, is considered the first person to die in the incident, which is why the order of Nancy and Daniel's death is in play.

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Charlotte    

How old are his kids? Why are they trying to take money from children? Jeebus everyone has thier freakin hand out all the time.

2593 days ago
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writergal    

That's sick that his wife's family would try to take money away from his other kids...enuff already!

2593 days ago
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anna    

greedy pigs !!!! LEAVE THE MONEY TO THE CHILDREN

2593 days ago
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Desease control    

blood money

2593 days ago
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Patty    

It should be probated and divided equally. Nancy's family deserves something. They too are victims in this who debacle. Nancy was his wife and they had a son. It shouldn't mean that it goes to one side. Who paid for the funerals. I doubt Beniots' children paid. Tragic all the way around. May they all have some closure

2593 days ago
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meow    

WHAT HAPPENED TO HOWARD K. STERN ? DID HE GET KICKED OUT OF THE HOUSE ANNA WAS LIVING IN AND WHAT ABOUT THE INQUEST FOR HER SON
DANIEL?

2593 days ago
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kacie    

wow. Thats messed up-I dont think that her family should be able to have any stake in HIS estate. His kids should get it all.

2593 days ago
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sunshinegirl    

It's very disheartening that many people use others' deaths to make a profit and to keep their hands out for money. They should be worried about preserving the memory of their lost ones as opposed to getting rich. The children should be allowed to have that money, not Nancy's family. This is disgusting.

2593 days ago
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ringo    

sounds like mr Benoit did not have a will. Man that is stupid especially if you make a lot of money like Benoit did. that money should go to Benoit's children. If Mrs Benoit had any of her own money, that should go to her family. It suprisesme that there is any kind of payoff since this was a murder suicide.

2593 days ago
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nikki    

It is terrible that her family is even thinking of taking any money from his other kids. That is just plain sick.

2593 days ago
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Tick    

The guy didn't leave a will providing for his children?

2593 days ago
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Kate    

Nothing like some money to bring out the real ugly in people. His wife was his manager; therefore, I'm sure she saved her percentages. That should go to her family. The money earned by Benoit getting in the ring every night and physically risking his life every night should go to his children. No questions asked. Her family is disgusting. Why would you want to profit from the murderer of your child? does it bring your loved one back? Give it to the kids so they can go to college and perhaps avoid such tragedy as this one.

2593 days ago
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paisley40    

Nancy's family needs to keep their greedy hands off of this money and see that Chris' kids get it. Geez, how low can you get to take money away from children!

2593 days ago
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Stacey    

Personally I think it should be split between the two of them. I think his other children should get half of estate and Nancys parents should get the other half. After all they lost their daughter and grandson and his other children lost their brother and father. It has to be a big devastation to lose your child or any family member for that reason. It should be split between them all.

2593 days ago
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Amy    

The kids should get most of the money, but I see no problem with her family getting some. Their grief must be tremendous over this.

2593 days ago
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