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Pavarotti 'changed will' in favour of first wife

 
 
By Nick Pisa in Rome
Last Updated: 5:41pm BST 10/09/2007

Friends of Luciano Pavarotti have suggested that he changed his will just weeks before his death to the disadvantage of his second wife Nicoletta.

Reports in the Italian media suggest the opera singer, who died last week from pancreatic cancer, changed his will a month ago to favour the children he had with his first wife Adua Veroni.

“Some businesses that were in other family members names were returned to his name and I also heard that he changed his will,” according to a friend who wished to remain unnamed.

According to another friend quoted in La Stampa newspaper, Pavarotti had said: “I am thinking of going to a lawyer.”

Pavarotti’s estate, including several properties in New York, Italy and Monte Carlo, is thought to be worth up to £250 million.

He is thought to have written a will in New York a year ago.

The recent changes are thought to have favoured the three daughters he had with his first wife; Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana.

The singer, who died aged 71 last Thursday, also had a daughter, Alice, with Nicoletta Mantovani, 37.

Friends have claimed that in recent months he had grown closer to his daughters - who had sided with their mother Adua - after he left her for Nicoletta in 1996.

Franca Strata, the wife of Pavarotti’s dietician, said the opera singer had also grown very close again to his first wife in the last year of his life.

“He kept saying you just don’t cancel nearly 40 years of marriage like that,” she said.

“Luciano was especially delighted when his daughter Cristina made him a grandfather after she gave birth to a little girl called Caterina.

“He went to see her at her birthday party and it was the first time that Luciano and Adua had been under the same roof in years and he came back and said how happy he was to have seen her again.”

Pavarotti’s home city of Modena came to a standstill for his funeral on Saturday.

He received a final, tear-stained standing ovation after a recording of the tenor singing a duet of Panis Angelicus with his father was played at the service in Modena’s cathedral.

Among the 700 guests were the Italian prime minister Romano Prodi and the singer Bono.

Pavarotti’s widow Nicoletta blew the Irish singer a kiss and gave a wan smile as she struggled to fight back tears.

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