Prince’s Siblings Are Heirs To His Estate, Court Rules
A Minnesota judge has ruled that six siblings of pop music superstar Prince are the heirs to his vast estate, more than a year after his death from an accidental drug overdose, according to court documents released on Friday.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and his half siblings, Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson, were designated as the musician’s heirs by Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide.
Prince died at age 57 of an accidental, self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl in April 2016 at his Paisley Park Studios compound in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
The creator of hits such as “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” Prince did not leave a will when he died, sparking a protracted legal battle over his estate that saw dozens of people filing claims of heirship.
The exact value of Prince’s estate is unclear but believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He left behind some $25 million in properties alone, according to an inventory complied after his death by an asset management company.