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Wealthy widow’s suspicious death makes grandson sole heir. Deceased shipping magnate’s John Jørgen Ugland’s family is at the centre of inheritance speculations after his widow died under mysterious circumstances. 57-year-old Ellen Ugland, JJ Ugland’s former secretary, was found dead by her niece at her Lysaker apartment in Bærum a week ago, reports Dagens Næringsliv. At first police decided that she died due to a heart failure, but have since declared her cause of death as questionable following the post mortem.

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Wealthy widow’s suspicious death makes grandson sole heir

Published on Monday, 13th December, 2010 at 14:34 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.
Last Updated on 13th December 2010 at 14:54.

Deceased shipping magnate’s John Jørgen Ugland’s family is at the centre of inheritance speculations after his widow died under mysterious circumstances.

Penney Ugland (Illustration photo)
Penney Ugland (Illustration photo)
Photo: paige_eliz/Flickr


Questioning

57-year-old Ellen Ugland, JJ Ugland’s former secretary, was found dead by her niece at her Lysaker apartment in Bærum a week ago, reports Dagens Næringsliv.

At first police decided that she died due to a heart failure, but have since declared her cause of death as questionable following the post mortem.

“I can confirm the autopsy’s findings provide a basis for investigating Mrs Ugland’s death as suspicious, and we cannot rule out we are dealing with a criminal offence,” Police Inspector Stine Karlsen told Dagbladet.

Criminal police (Kripos) are now assisting in forensic investigations following requests for assistance by Asker and Bærum district police, who are making detailed enquiries amongst deceased Ellen Ugland’s former neighbours.

Will

While Ellen’s death cause remains uncertain, there have since been several speculations regarding who will inherit her fortune.

“Ellen has been my closest relative and recently became very important to me”, said Ellen Kristin Dahl-Pedersen.

Though it was originally thought that Kristin Dahl-Pedersen might inherit her aunt’s fortune, it has now been confirmed that it is her 24-year-old the grandson, Knut Nikolai Tønnevold Ugland, who will be the sole heir of JJ Ugland’s empire.  

“It has always been Johan Jørgen and Ellen Ugland’s opinion that both the JJ Ugland group of companies and estate should continue within the family, which has been confirmed by Ellen Uglands will”, Jørgen Lund, Chairman for Ugland’s Shipowners,  said in a press statement on Friday afternoon.

Connection

In March, 88-year-old shipping magnate JJ Ugland was found dead in his hot tub but the case was dismissed without an autopsy. One of his three sons, Lars Torgeir Ugland, asked the Police to reopen the case seven months later. Despite police calling both Ellen Ugland and her grandson, Knut, in for questioning, the case was dismissed again on 6th of December, the same day as Ellen’s death.

Eldest son Jørgen Ugland still raises questions as to the course of events.

“The Police have the responsibility to remove all doubt in a case such as my father’s. I ask myself why there was no autopsy”, he told Agderposten.

He was also very surprised to find out that police are investigating the death of Ugland’s wife as a possible criminal case.

Jørgen Ugland considers that the two cases have something in common, however.

“Although several had a difficult relationship with [my mother], I cannot believe anybody would go this far. I believe this is just politics by the police. They were criticized for not autopsying my father, and now wish to avoid the same trap. They want to play safe [this time],” he told Dagens Næringsliv.

Feud

After the magnate’s death Ellen inherited 45 percent of his fortune, approximately 1.3 billion kroner. The remaining 55 percent was bequeathed to Knut, who is not due to take full control over the company for another 15 years. JJ Ugland’s three sons were disinherited, writes Fædrelandsvennen.

However, JJ Ugland’s decision to leave his entire fortune to his wife and grandson caused bitter feelings, according to Dagbladet.

He also threw son Lars out of his company. At the time, he confirmed it was because he disagreed with what he thought was Lars’ extravagant lifestyle.

Moreover, neither JJ Ugland, nor his wife kept in touch with Lars during the last ten years of his life. The last time Ellen saw Lars was at her husband’s funeral in March.

Ellen’s own funeral was originally scheduled for this week, but postponed due to police investigations. The final medical results are due to be made public shortly.



Published on Monday, 13th December, 2010 at 14:34 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan.
Last updated on 13th December 2010 at 14:54.

This post has the following tags: johan, joergen, lars, ellen, ugland, police, autopsy, kripos, investigation, criminal, inheritance, will, suspicious, death.





  
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