Judge: Gatti's widow gets everything

Amanda Rodrigues, the widow of former boxing champ Arturo

Amanda Rodrigues, the widow of former boxing champ Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, will inherit his entire $3.4-million fortune, a judge ruled Friday. (QMI File)

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, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

MONTREAL - Amanda Rodrigues, the widow of former boxing champ Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, will inherit his entire $3.4-million fortune, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge Claudine Roy ruled against Gatti's family and former girlfriend. They had said a revised will signed three weeks before Gatti's death in 2009 is invalid.

The revised will disinherited Gatti's daughter, who was born of a previous relationship, and the rest of his family, and awarded his fortune to Rodrigues.

Gatti's mother, Ida, and his brother, Fabrizio, sued for reinstatement of the original will.

Gatti's body was found in a condo at a seaside resort in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil, in July 2009. Rodrigues, who was in the condo when the former boxer died, was arrested and jailed while Brazilian police investigated.

She was released after Brazilian medical authorities concluded that Gatti hanged himself.

However, many of those close to the former Montrealer, including members of his family and his former manager, Pat Lynch, never believed the official story.

Lynch hired two high-profile American detectives to conduct their own investigation Gatti's death.

Lynch's investigation disputed the Brazilian authorities' findings.

The U.S. investigators concluded that Gatti was hit from behind and strangled.

However, a second autopsy conducted by a Quebec coroner a month after Gatti's death couldn't dismiss the conclusions of the Brazilian authorities. Coroner Jean Brochu reported "no clear evidence of foul play" and evidence "pointed primarily to hanging."

Brochu did, however, include a caveat in his report. He noted that the exact cause of death "cannot be determined with certainty."


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