The hotel magnate was quoted by her housekeeper as saying, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.". In an ironic twist Helsmley was to report to prison on April 15th, 1992, which is of course, tax day.
After her prison sentence, Helmsley led a secluded life. She died in 2007 at the age of age of 87.
She left her Maltese dog, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund. This sum was subsequently reduced to $2 million.