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Subject: I thnk Jazz man and bandleader Billy Tipton took the cake ...


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His death certificate blew EVERYONE away!
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Date Posted: Saturday, March 14, 10:59:44pm
In reply to: Evidence is flimsy, at best, yet oddly she does look like him 's message, "If you want a direct comparison in the African-American community, let's not forget legendary singer ETTA JAMES claimed to be pool player Minnesota Fats's daughter" on Saturday, March 14, 06:45:53pm


...In 1989, at the age of 74, Tipton had symptoms which he attributed to the emphysema he had contracted from heavy smoking and refused to call a doctor.
He was actually suffering from a hemorrhaging peptic ulcer which, untreated, was fatal. While paramedics were trying to save Tipton's life, his son, William, learned that his father was a transgender man!!

This information "came as a shock to nearly everyone, including the women who had considered themselves his wives, as well as his sons and the musicians who had traveled with him". In an attempt to keep Tipton's biological sex a secret, Kitty arranged for his body to be cremated; later, following financial offers from the media, Kitty and one of their sons went public with the story. The first newspaper article was published the day after Tipton's funeral and it was quickly picked up by wire services. Stories about Tipton appeared in a variety of papers including tabloids such as National Enquirer and Star, as well as People, New York Magazine and The Seattle Times. Tipton's family even made talk show appearances.

Tipton left two wills: one handwritten and not notarized that left everything to William Jr.; and the second, notarized, leaving everything to John Clark, the first child the Tiptons adopted. A court upheld the first will, and William inherited almost everything, with John and Scott receiving one dollar each. According to a 2009 episode of the documentary program The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, which featured interviews with all three sons, it was revealed that a final court judgment awarded all three sons an equal share of his wife Kitty Tipton's estate (not Billy Tipton's), which, after lawyers' fees, amounted to $35,000 for each son.

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