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Please, look after my dogs... 7 unusual last will and testament requests

Designer Alexander McQueen has left £50,000 to his beloved pet dogs in his will. What other unusual requests have been made for those left behind?

The late designer Alexander McQueen has left £50k of his fortune to his beloved pet dogs.
The late designer Alexander McQueen has left £50k of his fortune to his beloved pet dogs.
Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE DETAILS OF designer Alexander McQueen’s last will and testament have been revealed, and he’s left £50,000 to his beloved pet dogs.

McQueen took his own life in his home in London almost 18 months ago the day before his mother’s funeral. According to The Guardian he left the majority of his £16 million estate to his charity Sarabande, and asked that the money be used to fund grants for fashion students.

He also left £50,000 to each of  his housekeepers, and £100,000 each to four charities, which included Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross.

He also left sums of money to members of his family. The money for his bull terriers was to provide for their care for the rest of their lives.

McQueen isn’t alone in bequeathing money to his pets. Much larger sums have been left to canine pals, along with other strange will requests…

Please, look after my dogs... 7 unusual last will and testament requests
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  • $80 million to a German shephard

    Gunther the German shephard was left $80 million in 1991 when his owner, German countess Carlotta Liebenstein died. When the dog died the money passed to his son, also called Gunther. Pic (not of Gunther) by Alex Ramirex via Flickr
  • $12 million to a Maltese dog

    New York hotelier Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese Trouble, when she died in 2007. The sum was later reduced to $2 million on the advice of the dog's caretaker. Pic: AP Photo/Louis Lanzano
  • A rose a day for the rest of her life

    Before his death in 1974 comedian Jack Benny left money to ensure that his wife Mary Livingstone would be delivered a long-stemmed red rose every day for the rest of her life. She died nine years later. (AP Photo)
  • Buried in a Pringles can

    Frederic Baur, the man who came up with the idea for the way of stacking crisps in a can, expressed a wish to be buried with his invention. His ashes were buried in an Original flavour can, after his children stopped at a supermarket on the way to his funeral (AP Photo/Al Behrman, file)
  • I leave everything to... Charles Bronson

    Devoted Charles Bronson fan Audrey Jean Knauer left her $300,000 estate to the actor when she died in 1997. Her sister contested the will, which was written on a list of emergency phone numbers, but the money did go to Bronson, who then donated it to charity (AP Photo)
  • Devoted to Frisbees

    Frisbee inventor Ed Headrick, who died in 2002, stipulated that his ashes should be incorporated into a series of limited edition Frisbees. Some were given to family members and some were sold with the proceeds going to charity. Pic: BRETT BEHRENS/AP/Press Association Images
  • Gene Roddenberry - buried at space

    Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, left, was one of the first people to be buried at space. Some of his ashes were placed aboard a rocket in April 1997. It's also planned that more of his ashes, along with those of his wife, will be launched into orbit next year. (AP Photo)

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