Actor Sherman Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas on July 24. But three months on, the star of the CBS series “The Jeffersons” has yet to be laid to rest as the beneficiaries of his will, and even his cause of death, have been called into question.
Hemsley, best known for his 11 seasons on the CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons,” left behind an estate of approximately $50,000. He was not married and had no children. According to Fox News, Hemsley left his estate to Flora Enchinton Bernal, his “self-proclaimed business partner and live-in best friend.” There is a will attesting to this. However, a man named Richard Thornton came forward after Hemsley’s death, claiming to be his brother. Thornton filed a civil lawsuit calling into question the will.
“His will and the probate were found seven days after he died. No one reached out to me, my mother, my family or any (person with a) relationship to Sherman. In the beginning they said he died of natural causes. Then it came out he had cancer,” Wells alleged. “There needs to be an investigation. We have no knowledge of the doctors, hospitals, no one talked to us about his cancer. Everything we found out was from the news… Flora knows my family, this is what perplexes me. I called there on June 1, and why did she not tell me Sherman was dying of cancer?”