Lawsuit Filed Against Arturo Gatti's Widow

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey on behalf of Arturo Gatti's daughter Sofia Bella Gatti in the case of his 2009 death in Brazil:

Attorney Anthony Pope filed a wrongful death lawsuit Sept. 9 in Middlesex County against Gatti's wife, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, who is not the child's mother. Rodrigues was married to Gatti at the time of his death, which occurred on a trip to her native Brazil in July 2009.

The suit, filed on behalf of Gatti's daughter, Sofia Bella Gatti, and her guardian and biological mother, Erika Rivera, seeks damages and restraints on Gatti's New Jersey assets. It also claims that Rodrigues "did violently bludgeon and asphyxiate the decedent resulting in his death," according to court papers.

... "Without a shadow of a doubt, Arturo Gatti was murdered," said Anthony Pope, who is representing Sofia Bella Gatti and her mother in the wrongful death case they brought against Rodrigues. "The evidence points clearly to complicity on behalf of his wife."

Rodrigues is also involved in a civil suit in Canada over the money Gatti left behind, as his will was changed shortly before his death, which gave everything to Rodrigues instead of Gatti's family.

It's going to be a good, long while before all of this is "over," or as "over" as it's ever going to become. Brazilian authorities are reportedly still investigating, but they released Rodrigues two years ago after arresting her immediately following the death, and the death ruled a suicide. That has been questioned for over two years now, and the legal wrangling will continue for the foreseeable future.

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