Prince’s Estate Finally Has Legal Heirs
By Hilary Weaver. Photos: Getty Images.
More than a year after Prince’s death, Minnesota judge Kevin Eide has declared that his six siblings, including sister Tyka Nelson and five other half-siblings, are the heirs to his estate. Vanity Fair confirmed the decision in a phone call Friday with the Carver County District Court.
This legal ruling follows a long battle over the estate; at one point 29 people made a claim to the late pop star’s fortune. In early April, Eide whittled the potential heirs down to his six siblings.
Even still, there were quite a few details to be worked out. As the case dragged on, the siblings were split over how the case should proceed—mostly concerned with who would serve as executor over the trust. In January, Eide appointed Comerica Bank & Trust N.A. to act as corporate permanent administrator over the estate, per Billboard, a decision all six siblings supported.
As the case moved forward, people whose claims were originally rejected filed appeals, per The Detroit News. As of Friday, Eide said that if he received those appeals via the appellate courts, he would still consider them.
According to the court filings, the estate is worth about $200 million. The Paisley Park property, which included his concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, and artwork, opened its doors as a museum in October of last year.
Prince died on April 21, 2016 of what was later found to be an accidental opioid overdose. At the time of his death, he was mostly surrounded by several Paisley Park employees, who reported signs that the singer’s health had been declining during his final days.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.