Because Larsson never made a will, everything he owned, including the rights to his work, passed to his father and brother.
The woman who was at his side for 30 years inherited nothing. She and Larsson never married -- a fact that has exacted an unforeseen price. Swedish law does not recognize common-law relationships, and she is not entitled to a penny of his estate.
Larsson couldn't have written a better cliffhanger.
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