The fiancée of late pop legend Gerry Rafferty has launched a High Court battle for a share of his fortune after she was left out of his £1.2 million will.
Italian-born designer Enzina Fuschini could win a payout worth tens of thousands of pounds from the estate of the singer, best known for his 1978 hitBaker Street.
Ms Fuschini, 57, who helped Rafferty battle his alcohol addiction before his death last year at the age of 63, is suing his daughter, Martha Rafferty, 41, who was left his home and its contents inCalifornia, and his granddaughter Celia Rafferty.
Celia inherited the rest of the estate in trust, including the rights to all future royalties from Rafferty’s music. They include £80,000 a year alone fromBaker Street.
Rafferty drew up his will in March 2007 – 18 months before he met mother-of-three Ms Fuschini – and never changed it despite getting engaged to her in December 2009.
She is challenging the will in the High Court under the Inheritance Act 1975, which enables those being supported financially by the deceased before their death to obtain ‘reasonable financial provision’.
Rafferty was plagued by alcoholism for much of his life. In 2008, with his drinking spiralling out of control, he met Ms Fuschini in aLondoncafe.
She invited Rafferty to stay with her in Poole,Dorset, where she tried to get his life back on track. But his health deteriorated and he died of organ failure last January.
Ms Fuschini refused to comment on the case at her home inWest Londonbut her solicitor John Andrews confirmed she is bringing a claim against the estate.
Neither Martha Rafferty nor her lawyer Russell Roberts was available for comment.
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