Carver County district judge Kevin Eide decided that, in the absence of a will, his heirs are his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings - Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.
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. Others, like an inmate who asserted that he was Prince's son, were ruled out through DNA testing.
While dozens of people have come forward claiming relation to Prince, many were rejected in court. An attorney for some of the heirs said the longer the case drags on, the more costly the lawyer's expenses.More news: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" tops box office in North America
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The Universal deal was brokered by the estate's then-administrator Bremer Trust and McMillan; after the contract was signed, Comerica Bank took over the administration role and appointed Spotify's Troy Carter as adviser. More than 45 people have already had their claims rejected by the court, including a woman claiming to have secretly Wednesday the Purple One years ago in Vegas and a convict in Colorado claiming to be his son.
The filing also confirms that L. Londell McMillan, one of two former special music-industry advisers to the estate, will be the business adviser to three of the heirs: John, Norrine and Sharon Nelson.
In another filing, Comerica is asking the judge to rescind the estate's $31 million agreement on January 31, 2017, with Universal Music for rights to Prince's catalog of recorded music. Bremer stepped aside earlier this year and Prince's heirs have squabbled over the estate's advisers.