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Judge Denies Estate Claims of 29 Would-Be Prince Heirs


BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesA Minnesota state judge Friday denied the claims of 29 would-be Prince heirs who sought to inherit a part of the late musician’s multi-million-dollar estate, reports Billboard.  The judge barred five alleged children, 11 alleged siblings and 13 others who claimed to be related in some way to the late music superstar.

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide allowed a potential niece and grandniece to continue with their claims, provided they submit to genetic testing to prove a blood relationship.  Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and three of Prince’s half-siblings were also allowed to proceed.

Judge Eide’s order did not address the claims of two of Prince’s half-brothers, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker. They were children that Prince’s now-deceased mother, Mattie Shaw, had from other marriages. They have the same mother as Prince, but not the same father, so it is unlikely they will have to undergo genetic testing to prove their relationship.

Prince died of a prescription drug overdose April 21 at age 57. He apparently did not have a will, which means his estate will be distributed according to Minnesota probate and parentage law.

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