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Elizabeth Edwards leaves everything to children

Posted January 5, 2011 7:08 p.m. EST
Updated January 7, 2011 3:26 p.m. EST

— In her will, Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her three children and nothing to her estranged husband, former U.S. senator John Edwards, according to the document released on Wednesday.

The will, which was first obtained by TV show Inside Edition, was signed Dec. 1 – six days before she died after a six-year battle with cancer.

The couple’s eldest daughter, Cate Edwards, was named executrix of the will.

Her estate is valued at almost $1.5 million, according to probate records in Orange County.

Former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards was not mentioned in the will. The couple separated a year ago after he admitted to fathering a child in an extramarital affair.

Elizabeth Edwards also stipulated that, if she were the only surviving parent of her minor children, Emma Claire and Jack, at her time of death, she wanted 28-year-old Cate Edwards to be their guardian.

The probate records indicate that John Edwards is caring for the two children.

Edwards' death certificate, which was also released on Wednesday, listed her cause of death as metastatic breast cancer, Inside Edition reported.