One could only imagine what George Jefferson — the wise-cracking character who was “movin’ on up” on the 1970′s TV hit, The Jeffersons — would have said about this predicament. The body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson, has been kept on ice for the last 3 1/2 months. His remains have been refrigerated since he passed away from lung cancer on July 24, 2012, at the age of 74.
Why? It’s all because a man claiming to be his half-brother challenged the validity of Hemsley’s will in court. Hemsley’s will — created a mere 6 weeks before he died — left everything to his former business manager and close friend, Flora Enchinton. Sherman Hemsley had no other family members alive. Estate records show the value of his estate at around $50,000.