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Former Florida furniture retailer may not be dead after all

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jose Lantigua, owner of former retailer Circle K Furniture here, who reportedly died this year while out of the country, may not be dead after all, according to a Jacksonville Business Journal report.

Lantigua's estate has debts of more than $8 million, the report said. When lenders filed claims on a $2.5 million life insurance policy Lantigua had through Hartford Life and Annuity Life Insurance, the insurance company contended he was alive and in Venezuela, according to the report.

Furniture/Today reported earlier this year that Lantigua had died April 17 while out of the country, according to information from his son J.G. Lantigua.

Planned Furniture Promotions handled the liquidation of his furniture business.
Hartford's investigation of Lantigua's death revealed he was "alive and living in Venezuela," according to a letter sent from Harford to attorneys, the report said, adding that the family could not be reached immediately.



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