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If you haven't heard it before, it bears repeating: dying without a will can cause unnecessary familial strife and financial strain, to say nothing of the delay in probate for sorting out your estate. And nowhere is that strife, strain, and delay more apparent than after celebrity deaths, with children, exes, and even labels and studios fighting over celebrity estates.

Even when a celebrity dies with a will, sorting out the estate can be contentious. When they die without one? Get ready for some intestate hostilities. Here are three celebrities who famously died without a will.

We've said it before that parents should be careful on social media during child custody disputes. Apparently, Tyrese Gibson doesn't read our blogs.

The Fast and Furious franchise star had been a constant presence on Instagram throughout his battle with ex-wife Norma Gibson over custody of their daughter Shayla. A couple weeks ago, Tyrese thanked Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith for giving him $5 million to stay off social media, appropriately posting the thank you on the 'Gram. Probably not the best idea.

Celebrities -- they're just like us! Like us, they have reality TV shows based on being the offspring of one of O.J. Simpson's attorneys. Like us, their sex tapes get "leaked" to the internet and they have 72-day marriages to NBA players. And just like us, their insurance companies handle fender benders for them.

TMZ is reporting that a lawsuit against Kim Kardashian stemming a traffic accident on Sunset Boulevard in 2014 has been settled by Kardashian's insurance company. But for how much?

For fans of Louis CK, the recent news about the allegations against the comedian may not entirely be a surprise. After all, his comedy has always walked that fine line between inappropriate but still funny, and just totally wrong, which most "R" rated comics are known for walking.

In short, CK, allegedly, has a storied history of indecent exposure and sexual misconduct. It is claimed that he has exposed himself to several female comedians that he worked with in the past. Also, it is alleged that he would also go so far as to masturbate in front of others without consent. Given the current climate in Hollywood is finally recognizing that sexual misconduct has been a longstanding problem in the industry, these allegations have resulted in some serious fallout for the comedian.

Back in September, writer Meghan Herning posted a lengthy critique of Taylor Swift to the blog PopFront entitled "Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation." In it, Herring describes how the alt-right has latched onto Swift's songs in the past, and argues the lyrics and video for her latest single, "Look What You Made Me Do," and the accompanying music video bear "uncanny and unsettling" similarities to Hitler's rallies.

Swift's camp was, perhaps understandably, less than pleased. But rather than address the opinion directly via a statement or interview, Swift sent Herning a cease and desist letter, asking that the post be removed. Herning, perhaps understandably, sought the counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union. And rather than acquiesce to Swift's demands, the ACLU sent a pretty sternly worded letter of its own.

In a roundabout statement that ended with him coming out as gay, Kevin Spacey conceded he may have made sexual advances on actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was just 14 years old. The statement caused furor in LGBTQ communities, bolstered more accusers to come forward, and led to the end of Spacey's popular Netflix drama "House of Cards."

While Spacey's reputation has certainly been damaged, will Rapp's allegations or Spacey's apology lead to any legal consequences for the actor?