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New Twist In Author’s Will Confusion

Published torsdag 19 juni 2008 kl 10.35

The drawn out battle over the will of one of Sweden’s most popular authors took a new turn Wednesday, as a political party mentioned in his last known will from 1978, has refused to take the money it was promised in the will.

Journalist and crime writer Stieg Larsson died in 2004, but his status as a best selling author came only after his death, as the books in his so-called ”Millennium Trilogy” were published and sold hundreds of thousands of copies each. Larsson died without having signed a will, and his common-law wife, Eva Gabielsson, wouldn’t get a penny from the sales of the books, according to Swedish law. Instead the millions of crowns would go to the author’s father and brother.

But a couple of months ago Swedish TV uncovered an unwitnessed will that Stieg Larsson signed back in the 70’s, where he wanted his money to go to the local branch of the Communist Party. They have now refused the cash, and instead called for a change to the Swedish inheritance laws which ignore Larsson’s life partner.

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