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Desi Arnaz Leaves Bulk of His Estate To His Children

June 20, 1987 GMT

VISTA, Calif. (AP) _ Desi Arnaz, who co-starred with former wife Lucille Ball in television’s ″I Love Lucy,″ left the bulk of his estate to the couple’s children, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr.

The Cuban-born Arnaz, who played bandleader Ricky Ricardo in the 1950s sitcom, died of lung cancer in December at age 69. His will was filed recently in San Diego County Superior Court.

Arnaz left $250,000 to his 91-year-old mother and specified that all other property and cash be divided equally between his children, both performers.

There was no mention in the will of the worth of estate, but Arnaz and Miss Ball amassed a fortune from their Desilu production company and 30 years of residuals from ″I Love Lucy″ reruns.

When the couple divorced after 20 years of marriage in 1960, Miss Ball purchased half of Desilu for $60 million.

Arnaz and Miss Ball remained close friends after their divorce. She visited him a week before he died.

Arnaz’s second wife, Edith, died in 1985. Miss Ball has been married to Gary Morton since 1961.