June 30, 2008 / 2:01 PM / 11 years ago

Pavarotti's widow and daughters reach inheritance deal

Luciano Pavarotti's widow Nicoletta Mantovani cries as she follows her husband's coffin at the end of the funeral at the cathedral of Modena September 8, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - Luciano Pavarotti’s widow and the tenor’s three daughters from his first marriage have reached a deal over his inheritance following his death last year.

Pavarotti’s manager Terri Robson told Reuters the agreement had been reached “in a very civilized and friendly manner”, without giving further details.

Pavarotti’s fortune has been estimated at up to 300 million euros (237.7 million pounds), including $15 million (7.5 million pounds) in U.S. assets.

The opera star died last September of pancreatic cancer, at 71.

Since then Italian media has been awash with reports of a battle over his estate between Nicoletta Mantovani, Pavarotti’s second wife who is 34 years his junior, and his three daughters from his first marriage.

Mantovani, who last October made a rare TV appearance to deny the row, has a five-year old daughter by Pavarotti.

Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; editing by Keith Weir

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