Gest’s fam­ily launch le­gal pro­ceed­ings over will

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

David Gest’s fam­ily have launched le­gal pro­ceed­ings af­ter he left them noth­ing in his will. The 62-year-old tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity died from a stroke in April and left fam­ily fu­ri­ous. “I am up­set and his fam­ily are up­set. He told me I would be looked af­ter. And now David’s sis­ter Bar­bara Ger­ber, 60, has launched le­gal pro­ceed­ings against the ex­ecu­tors of the es­tate, who work at the same law firm as Bear­man. Bear­man re­ceived Gest’s five-bed­room home in the US, clothes be­long­ing to the late Michael Jack­son and “a se­cret mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion worth David was found dead in his ho­tel room on April 12, with po­lice say­ing his death was be­ing treated as “non-sus­pi­cious”. A sub­se­quent post-mortem said David died of “nat­u­ral causes” and Bear­man later re­vealed his cause of death was a stroke. In May, Handi claimed to have heard the star suf­fer a fa­tal heart at­tack dur­ing their last phone con­ver­sa­tion - four days be­fore his body was found. Imad - who was friends with David for 16 years - said he re­ceived a si­lent phone call, which he be­lieves was the en­ter­tainer try­ing to ask for ur­gent help, in the days be­fore his body was found. He ex­plained: “I an­swered the phone and was like, ‘Hello, hello, hello?’, and I heard some­thing smash on the floor. “Part of me froze and then the phone went dead. Know­ing David and his OCD I thought, ‘He’s dropped some­thing on the floor, he’s go­ing to hang up and clean it up. He’ll call me back’. Un­for­tu­nately, he didn’t call me back. “I did try and call that evening and on Satur­day and there was no an­swer. I be­lieve he passed away on the Fri­day.”

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