Battle For Prince’s Estate Continues, How Will It Be Divided?

Prince’s estate, which is estimated to be valued at $250 million, has caused a bit of a debate over its future, as CBS Morning states. Interested parties who are after getting claim to the property met in Minnesota Monday for a hearing on the subject.

Prince died on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57. It was not until six weeks following the pop icon’s death that the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released a statement that indicates the musician died of an accidental opioid overdose due to ingesting self-administered fentanyl, which is a highly addictive painkiller.

In May, an insider, who is aware of the estate situation, relayed to People that the situation will likely not be settled for months, or even years, due to parties having the ability to submit objections to claims up until September 12.

The musical genius failed to leave behind a will, which means that the estate was appointed to Bremer Trust, Prince’s Bank and Minnesota-based financial institution. The said source spoke on the subject and the difficulties in determining a proper heir to the estate of Prince.

“At this point, we’re looking at something that’s probably going to last through the year, at least. It just depends on if everyone agrees with everyone’s claims. It could be done very quickly. It’s just a lot of speculation at this point. Eventually all things will come to appear clear, but it is a slow process: That’s the bottom line.”

There is an extensive list of individuals who are claiming to be deserving of a stake in the claim, from Prince’s sister and half-siblings to alleged “long-lost heirs,” as well as companies who claim the musician owed money to.

Tyka Nelson, who is Prince’s only full sibling, was the initial individual to file documents on April 26, submitting a “petition for formal appointment of special administrator.” She acted on this five days following her brother’s death. People shares the words of Tyka in her documents.

“I am an interested person as defined by Minnesota law because I am the Decedent’s heir,” Nelson wrote, including an attached exhibit of interested persons she names as heirs: herself, half-brother John Nelson, half-sister Norrine Nelson, half-sister Sharon Nelson, half-brother Alfred Jackson, half-brother Omar [sic] Baker and deceased sister Lorna Nelson [no children.]”

Also, as noted, other parties interested in the estate include a number of Prince’s half siblings, one being Sharon Nelson. Nelson is the oldest half-sister to Prince from the first marriage of Prince’s father. Sharon is also a musician, and released an album in 2009 entitled 57th Street Sound. Two additional half-siblings, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson have also filed court documents and are listed as “interested parties.”

Half-siblings from the music icon’s mother’s side who have shown interest include Alfred Jackson. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and lives in a Veteran’s Association hospital. There have been statements given, however, claiming that Jackson is not psychologically fit. These claims came from an unknown party yet have been proven untrue.

Omarr Baker is an additional younger half-sibling from Prince’s mother and step-father. He has also filed court documents as an interested party, yet little is known as to the relationship between Prince and Omarr.

Prince’s half-niece Brianna Nelson from the icon’s father’s side, is even attempting to get a piece of the estate and the list goes on and on.

Prince, as made known by many, was a musical genius who died suddenly due to an accidental overdose in his Minnesota home. The singer was alone at the time and found without vital signs by a staff member. The singer struggled with hip pain and used painkillers regularly to manage the pain.

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