Mary Kay Letourneau, the former Seattle middle school teacher who was convicted of raping a sixth-grade student in the 1990s before marrying him, has left her entire estate to him and their two children.
Letourneau died of stage four colon cancer on July 6 at the age of 58.
Before her death she decided to leave her estate to her former husband Vili Fualaau and their two daughters.
Letourneau made headlines in 1997 when it was revealed she abused Fualaau when he was just a 12-year-old student and she was a teacher.
She was sentenced to jail but later married him. The couple were together for 12 years before they separated.
‘She loved Vili to the end. She had built a life with him and he deserved to inherit what little she had,’ a source close to Letourneau said to People Magazine.
‘He got the photos, the memories, a lot of sentimental things. They didn’t have a ton of money, but he and the girls are going to divvy that up. They’re more interested in the sentimental things, though,’ the source added.
Letourneau has four other children with her first husband Steve Letourneau. It’s not clear if they’ll receive anything from her estate.
In 1996 Letourneau, a 34-year-old sixth-grade teacher, began sexually abusing Fualaau, who was then her 12-year-old student.
She was jailed twice, in March 1997 when she was initially sentenced to three months in jail and in February 1998 when she was sentenced to seven years in prison on second-degree child rape charges and for violating a no-contact order.
She gave birth to two kids with Fualaau while he had still not yet turned 15, despite court orders trying to keep them apart.
Letourneau and Fualaau then once again shocked the world when tied the knot in 2005.
They remained married for 12 years, until Fualaau filed for divorce in 2017. It was finalized in 2019.
Steve Letourneau filed for divorce in 1997 and got custody of their four children, Steven Jr., Mary Claire, Nicholas, and Jacqueline.
Fualaau was a troubled Samoan boy from a broken home living in a rough part of Seattle at the time of the scandal. His father served time in prison for an armed robbery, and he had a difficult relationship with his mother.
Though the couple finalized their separation in August last year, Fualaau had been providing her with 24 hour care in the final stages of her life.
In a joint statement following Letourneau’s death the Fualaaus and the Letourneaus said they were ‘deeply saddened’ and shared that she died ‘peacefully’ after a six-month cancer battle.
The insider said there will now be no controversy over Letourneau’s estate.
‘No one is going to fight over what she had. They are all mourning her death, and they family has drawn very close together. And now everyone is going to be able to move forward,’ the source said.
Though their controversial romance never found its happily-ever-after, in the three years since their separation the pair remained close and ‘still had a lot of love for one another’, a friend said in July.
‘They didn’t speak every day, but she would update him on her cancer treatment,’ a source told PEOPLE.
‘At the beginning, the talk was that she was going to beat it, that even though the prognosis wasn’t good, that she’d fight with everything she had, and that she had a shot of surviving it.’
In an interview with TODAY, her friend and longtime attorney David Gehrke said after her death that Fualaau uprooted his life to ensure he could be there to carry out that care.
‘Vili moved back from California, gave up his life there, and for the last two months of Mary’s life he stood by her 24/7 taking care of her,’ he said. ‘So yes, they were divorced and they had their spats, but they were always in love with each other.
‘He knew that this was Mary’s end coming, fast moving, and for her sake and the family’s sake, and for his sake, he came back up and was with her, and it meant the world to her, Gehrke said. ‘And I know it meant the world to Vili, as painful as it was,’
‘Their marriage lasted longer than most,’ he continued. ‘But they always, always deeply cared for each other.’