Helmsley Dog Heiress, Trouble, Dies

Trouble, the white Maltese dog that became controversial when it inherited millions from billionaire hotel operator Leona Helmsley, has died, a spokeswoman for the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust said in a statement on Thursday.

Helmsley Charitable Trust spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan said the 12-year-old dog died back in December. “She was cremated and her remains are being privately retained. The funds held in trust for her care have reverted to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for charitable purposes,” Sulliavan said. Trouble became headline material in 2007 when Helmsley bequeathed $12 million to her pet. However, a judge reduced the amount to $2 million in a 2008 ruling, which stated that Helmsley was no longer mentally sound when she executed her will.

Helmsley, known as the “Queen of Mean” for her notorious temper and tyranny, died on August 20, 2007, leaving behind more than $4 billion in assets. She left the bulk of her riches to the care of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Helmsley reportedly left an instruction in her will that the Trust use her money to care for dogs.