Robbi Robinson who was Russells longtime companion says someone has stolen valuable items from him as he lay dying, including a copy of the entertainers will; thousands of dollars worth of bonds; rare tapes of performances by Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald; and a deed to a New York apartment that Russell purchased for Robinson.
Robinson believes the thieves are Russells manager and a former employee, especially because one of the missing items is a collection of letters from Red Skelton and Wayne Newton.
As she puts it, The thieves cherry-picked through them to pick the big names, leaving the rest.
Robinson wants the letters back so she can donate them to museums and use them as part of a tribute she is planning for October.
One item she still does have in her possession: A book of Russells poems that she hopes to get published.
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