Burt Reynolds' will gives estate to niece

Burt Reynolds' will puts his niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess in charge of his estate.

The 'Smokey and the Bandit' actor tragically passed away earlier this month at the age of 82, and according to his will, it will be his niece that takes over his estate, rather than his son Quinton.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, the legendary actor's will was filed in Florida on Monday (17.09.18), and was originally signed by the actor in October 2011.

In the document, the 'Deliverance' star names Nancy as the personal representative of the estate, which puts her in charge of all his possessions, which he placed into a trust.

Burt's will also states that his son 30-year-old Quinton has been "omitted" from the document, because the star set up a separate trust for him "during his lifetime", the details of which are not known.

The papers read: "I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust."

Burt passed away in hospital on September 6 after suffering a cardiac arrest, and it was recently revealed on his death certificate that his remains have already been cremated at Florida's Gold Coast Crematory.

At the time, it was also reported that Nancy is in charge of his ashes.

Previously, his niece released a heartfelt statement in which she claimed the passing of her uncle had come as a shock to her family.

She said: "My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students

"He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that's who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood') and the amazing cast that was assembled."