Brando's family in ashes battle
Published 10/08/2010 | 15:03
Marlon Brando's family are fighting for the ownership of The Godfather star's ashes, it has been claimed.
Donna Lopez Geon, who dated Marlon's son Christian Brando until he died of pneumonia aged 49 in 2008, is alleged to be in possession of "a portion of the cremated remains of Marlon Brando", according to gossip website TMZ.com.
Now Christian's mother Anna Kashfi, who was made made executor of his will and had control over what should happen to his belongings, has reportedly launched a court bid to get the ashes back.
Donna told TMZ.com: "Christian wasn't close with his family and wouldn't have wanted his mother or anyone else to have his property when he died.
"When I found out they were coming after the property, I took some of the ashes I have and spread them in Franklin Canyon (in Beverly Hills)... Marlon loved that place."
Anna has apparently begun a lawsuit to get them back and in papers filed at the Los Angeles Supreme Court, she claims that in addition to the ashes, Donna also took her son's St Christopher medal.
After Marlon died in 2004 aged 80, his ashes were split up among friends and family, including Christian.
Some of Marlon's ashes have also been scattered by his childhood friend Wally Cox in Tahiti and Death Valley, California.
Hollywood legend Marlon was known for starring in iconic films including A Streetcar Named Desire, Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now.