Spike's will feud ends

Children drop claim to his house

Spike Millgan’s family have reportedly ended their feud over his estate, with his children dropping any claim to his home.

The comic left his £800,000 house in East Sussex to his third wife Shelagh – but his four children from other marriages had contested the will. Milligan also had two illegitimate children.

However, they have now dropped their claim because they think their share of the inheritance would not be worth fighting for, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

The resolution of the dispute over the family home, near Rye, comes two weeks after Milligan’s headstone was placed over his grave.

The delay in properly marking his resting place had also been attributed to family wrangles, but also to the church’s reluctance to have the inscription "I told you I was ill" on his tombstone. In the end, the words appeared in Gaelic.

Spike’s daughter Jane Milligan said that the will dispute had been solved amicably, telling the paper: "There has been no row, this has all been hyped up out of all proportion."

However, her half-brother James claimed: "The only thing they [the children] have been interested in all along is the money."

Published: 30 May 2004

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