Judge Denies 29 Potential Prince Heir Claims of Seeking Money from the Estate
Since the untimely death of Prince back in April, there have been a number of potential heirs seeking a piece of the late music icon’s multi-million dollar estate. On Friday (July 29), a Minnesota judge denied over two dozen people’s claims for a cut of Prince’s fortune.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, District Judge Kevin Eide dismissed 29 people, including 11 alleged siblings, 13 people who are claiming they are distant relatives and five alleged children.
However, Eide ordered six people to undergo genetic testing including Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson and three half-siblings, John, Norrine and Sharon Nelson. Their parents, John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, both died before Prince did. Potentially, all six members could eventually inherit the music icon's estate, which is estimated to be worth $300 million before taxes.
When Prince died of a prescription drug overdose on April 21, he didn't leave a will behind so his estate will be divvy up according to Minnesota probate and parentage law. The late guitarist has no known surviving children or parents who would be first and second in line as heirs under Minnesota law.
Eide’s ruling follows a June hearing where over 20 attorneys representing would-be heirs appeared to debate how Minnesota’s probate laws interact with laws for determining parentage.
Meanwhile, Prince's family announced that an official tribute concert is scheduled for Oct. 13 in Minneapolis. No performers for the event have been announced as of yet.