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Stieg Larsson heirs remain in dispute

AFP/The Local · 16 Jun 2010, 07:57

Published: 16 Jun 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00

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"The discussions which have been going on for six months between Stieg Larsson's heirs and his former partner Eva Gabrielsson have ended," the writer's brother and father said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, she did not want to accept all or part of our proposal," they wrote.

The author of the three cult thrillers left behind a wrenching drama when he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 50 in 2004. He died without a will and since he and his partner of 32 years were not married and had no children, his estate went to his father and brother, in accordance with Swedish law.

That included royalties from the books -- and sale of film rights -- whose English titles are "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire", and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest".

Millions of copies have been sold worldwide.

Even though Larsson and Gabrielsson were a couple for 32 years, she does not legally inherit as there is somewhat surprisingly no common law marriage in a generally progressive Sweden.

Swedish public opinion has been sympathetic towards the woman seen as his widow after being excluded from the riches of his publishing phenomenon.

According to Larsson's family, she has turned down their offers of a pay off.

In the autumn the pair offered Gabrielsson a 20 million kronor ($2.6 million) settlement. According to an often quoted estimate revenues from the books and films amount to more than 200 million kronor.

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Rumours persist that Gabrielsson had an active role in the editing of the three novels chronicling the adventures of Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist like Larsson, and a young computer hacker and punky cohort in solving mysteries, Lisbeth Salander.

Gabrielsson has declined to comment on the rumours ahead of the publication

soon of a book she has written about her life with Larsson and reviewing what she argues to be the archaic legislation addressing common law partnership (sambolagen).

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:03 June 16, 2010 by KingArthur
I think its an outrage to trie to buy her of with 20 mil kroner. She was his partner for over 30 years for christ sake. i can understand the brother and the father wanting to have some of the cake as well. BUT. They should have been more fair. If they admit to the relation ship stieg and his partner had. They should take a smaller cut. Its wierd sweden doesnt have anything in the law about this. Here you can see again. as soon money come´s in play. People get as wolves.
10:11 June 16, 2010 by calebian22
Life is unfair. Either Larsson didn't want her to have anything or he was incompetant. Whatever the reason, the law is clear. She should have taken the offer.

However, as the brother and father of Larsson, maybe they have a unique insight into the personal relationship that she and Steig had. Public personas of all Swedes are almost always radically different than the ones they show their loved ones behind closed doors (jantelagen). Thirty years is a long time to learn the character of a person. Who knows? 20 million may be extremely generous.
10:59 June 16, 2010 by DAVID T
I doubt she'll get anything - maybe she doesn't need the money and it's a principle issue
11:24 June 16, 2010 by jwlundgren
I thought unmarried partners had the same rights as married. (new immigrant). Or is it that it was never 'registered'?
18:45 June 16, 2010 by Kevin Harris
# Calebian22

"Life is unfair. Either Larsson didn't want her to have anything or he was incompetant. Whatever the reason, the law is clear. She should have taken the offer.


There is a third possibility. Perhaps he just died early, suddenly, unexpectedly. and intestate. That one seems highly likely in the light of the information above, which is available for you to read later and hopefully before you offer us another post on the subject.
19:12 June 16, 2010 by calebian22

Death is often unexpected. What he never heard of a will in the 50 years of his life? I stand by my original post.
09:43 January 20, 2011 by mic_comte
He wrote one will during his life, in favor of the communist party of Lapland. The will was not properly registered so it was void, But note that at this time he was already with her and didn't want to give her anything.

Nobody knows if he really wanted Eva Gabrielsson to inherit him, people just make assumptions.
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