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Two Americas, No Will: John Edwards Cut Out of Dying Wife’s Last Will and Testament

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By HVpolitics on January 6, 2011

Former senator, presidential candidate and sex machine John Edwards has been left out of his wife’s last will and testament. Edwards will just have to get by with his own fortune. 

Elizabeth Edwards, who died on December 6th, made no mention of her estranged husband in her will, opting instead to leave everything she had to her three children.

According to The News & Observer, the will states “All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles owned by me at the time of my death, I give and bequeath to my children.

So it was important enough in those final days of her battle with breast cancer to sign a will that made sure John wasn’t included. The couple had been separated since last January. They had stayed together almost a year after John Edwards admitted his extramarital affair had resulted in his fathering a child with another woman.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her husband lost his bid for vice president in November 2004.

John Edwards said the affair happened in 2006 while his wife’s cancer was in remission. He said he informed his wife at the time and asked for her forgiveness.

So the couple stayed together for four years after the affair happened, through John Edward’s second presidential run. We still get chills thinking about what would have happened if Edwards had won the nomination and the story had broke during the general election.

Elizabeth Edwards has several times taken the higher road and talked about her hopes for John after she was gone. According to CNN:

In a September interview on “The Nate Berkus Show,” Edwards was asked what she sees when she looks at her estranged husband, John Edwards.

“I see the father of my children, and that’s very important to me,” she said. “Particularly since I have a terminal disease, this is the person who at some point will take over the primary parenting, and it’s important to me that he heal, if he needs to.”

Apparently that forgiveness only goes so far. No soup for you, John.

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