Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti has shocked his family from beyond the grave - a third, handwritten will has been discovered, giving his three eldest daughters control over the majority of his $500 million (GBP250 million) estate.
Daughters Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana, from the Italian tenor's first marriage to Adua Veroni, were surprised to find their father had left two wills in September (07) - but they have been further stunned by the news of another document detailing the division of his vast personal fortune.
The handwritten note is believed to have been prepared six months before the other two legal documents, which were dictated to lawyers in the U.S. earlier this year (07).
The later wills split Pavarotti's millions between his widow Nicoletta Mantovani, 37, who received 50 per cent, and his three daughters who split 25 per cent. It also covered his American assets - including three New York apartments, bank accounts, paintings and furniture - which were established in a trust in Mantovani's sole name.
But the elder daughters believe the first will, written by Pavarotti at his home in Modena, Italy, in December 2006, show his "true desire", leaving Mantovani just one property and a share in two of his companies. The rest of the wealth was divided equally by his three children with Veroni, who he divorced in 2000, and his daughter by Mantovani, four-year-old Alice.
A family source says, "They believe the earlier will showed their father's true intention."
Pavarotti lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 on 6 September (07).