After Estate Dispute, Chicago Cubs to Pay for Funeral of Ernie Banks

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES
President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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After a funeral home filed a $35,000 claim against the estate of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks over unpaid bills, the baseball team and its owner stepped up Friday to pay the costs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Cubs management and the Ricketts family [the team’s owner] have addressed the issue,” said Joseph Donnellan, owner of the Donnellan Funeral Home, which handled Banks’ memorial, the Sun-Times writes.

On Wednesday, the funeral home filed court documents to obtain the money, writes the news outlet. The court file includes a bill the funeral home sent to Banks’ widow, Elizabeth Banks, and contains expenses for the casket, flowers, car service and staff fees, the report notes.

The court claim comes as Elizabeth Banks is contesting the validity of a will signed in October by her late husband—reportedly without her knowledge—that leaves all of his assets to his longtime caregiver, according to the news outlet.

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Source: The Root

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