Ronni Chasen's Will: Estate Worth $6.1 Million in 1994

Slain publicist valued personal property at $4.7 million and left thousands of dollars to various charities, according to documents posted online.


Publicist Ronni Chasen left behind a will that valued her estate at $6.1 million at the time the document was written, in 1994, according to TMZ.

That figure includes personal property worth $4.7 million, income from personal property worth $500,000 and real-estate holdings valued at $900,000, according to the documents, which TMZ posted online.

In the will, Chasen left her "playbill collection and other memorabilia relating to the motion picture business" to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, under the condition that any exhibition of the items be accompanied by a noticed saying they are "from the collection of Ronni Chasen."

Chasen -- who was murdered in her car last month in Beverly Hills after leaving the Burlesque premiere afterparty -- also left several thousand dollars to various charities, including $20,000 to Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and $5,000 each to the American Film Institute, to UCLA's Women's Cancer Research Foundation and to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Also according to the will, Chasen intended to leave three-quarters of her estate to her mother, who has since died. In that event, Chasen designated a niece, Melissa Cohen, to receive a large sum of money. That's a marked contrast to what Chasen left another niece, Jill Cohen: $10.


"I have intentionally and with full knowledge of the consequences omitted to provide for my niece, Jill Cohen, also known as Jill Gatsby, except for the gift of $10," the will reads.

TMZ notes that supporting documents state that another will was prepared for Chasen in 2006 but has not been located.

Chasen's brother, Larry Cohen, who is applying to be the special administrator of the estate, said he thinks the will could be in a safe-deposit box.

The will surfaced a day after a man police believe was connected to Chasen's murder shot and killed himself in the lobby of the Harvey Apartments, a former Hollywood hotel-turned apartment complex. BHPD had been serving the man, identified as a "person of interest," a search warrant related to the case at the time.