Fashion “Kaiser” Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning aged 85 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Chanel described the designer as an “extraordinary creative individual” in a statement that announced his passing with “deep sadness”.
One of the creative force’s most important companions in later life was his Birman cat Choupette, who he famously said he would marry if it were legal.
The fashion icon last year said that “among others” his pet would receive a share of his riches. This could actually happen if certain legal structures are arranged, it has been claimed.
Such an arrangement could be feasible under German law if the cat was nominated the ‘heir’ through an association or foundation, according to the reports.
Choupette has her own Twitter and Instagram pages, with a combined following of about 200,000. She became a social media legend as pictures of her posted online enjoying a jet-set lifestyle travelling at Lagerfeld’s side.
She reportedly boasted her own bodyguard, personal chef and two maids.
Lagerfeld even designed a whole fashion collection based on the feline called “Choupette in Love”.
It was not immediately clear who would look after Choupette following her designer owner’s death but there will likely be no shortage of volunteers to take care of one of the world’s most fashionable cats.
While the feline could be in line for a share of the German-born designer’s fortune, Lagerfeld’s male model muse Brad Kroenig and Kroenig’s son Hudson, the fashion icon’s godson and model, are also tipped to receive a cut.