Prince’s Possible Heirs Narrowed Down to Six
The Minnesota judge presiding over Prince's estate decided Friday that several people who had claimed to be heirs of the flamboyant artist were not related to the musician.
The Associated Press reports that Carver County Judge Kevin Eide threw out 30 individual claims to Prince's estate. He also ordered genetic testing on six people previously assumed to be related to Prince. Four of the artists siblings or half-siblings – Tyka Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson – and a possible niece and grand-niece, Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, will be vetted in the process.
Eide's elimination process also allowed him to exclude people who had said that Prince's father was someone other than the man listed as his dad in court records.
When Prince died of a drug overdose this past April, he left behind no known children nor a will that would direct his estate. As a result, Eide has been presiding over the administration of the estate.
Eide decided in May that he would use DNA testing as a means to ward off false heirs. At the time, he set a limit of four months for people to come forward with claims to the estate.
Prince's first wife, Mayte Garcia, gave birth to a son in October 1996, but he died within a week due to the rare skull defect known as Pfeiffer Syndrome. Garcia reported later that the couple had gotten pregnant again but that she suffered a miscarriage. They announced their divorce in 1998. Prince had no children with his second wife, Manuela Testolini.