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Heat fan who gave middle finger to Bulls' Joakim Noah is Palm Beach widow Filomena Tobias, relative says

The Miami Heat fan who gave the one-finger salute to Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has a message to the world of Internet trolls: Get a life.

The woman whose one-finger salute has become an Internet sensation overnight is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, said Filomena Tobias' daughter, Victoria Racanati, when reached by phone by the Sun Sentinel.

"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," the daughter told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."

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The daughter said her mom did not want to comment.

Racanati said the family are Miami Heat season ticket holders who attend every game. Tobias was captured giving Noah the bird after he was ejected from the blowout game. The photo has been widely posted all across the Internet.

Racanati described Tobias as an ardent Heat fan, but was fuming by some of the less-than-flattering comments left on Internet stories about the incident.

"I have to say she still looks really hot," the daughter said.

The game was a blowout as the 115-78 win for the Heat squared the series at 1-1.

On Sept. 4 2007,  Jupiter police and paramedics found Seth Tobias drowned in his pool. Medical examiners ruled he had a lethal mix of alcohol, cocaine and the sleeping pill Ambien in his system.

A five-month police investigation concluded there was no foul play, and prosecutors declined to pursue a criminal prosecution.

Tobias' brothers - Samuel, Spence, Scott and Joshua - accused his widow of murder in a civil battle to keep her from grabbing their late brother's $25 million fortune under Florida's "slayer statute."

The following year a probate court judge approved a settlement agreement between his widow and his brothers.

ijrodriguez@tribune.com; 954-356-4605 or @GeoRodriguez on Twitter and Instagram

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