20 May, 2017
A Minnesota judge has ruled that Prince's six siblings are now the heirs to his estate worth around $200 million Dollars, the Associated Press reports.
The six heirs - his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings: Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, John L. Nelson, Norrine Nelson and Sharon Nelson - have always been considered the presumed heirs, after a number of claimants were denied past year.
Eide also said none of Prince's assets can be distributed without a court order, nor in any way that might adversely affect any of the appeals.
Since Prince's death in 2016, more than 45 other people have come forward claiming to be either his children or wives, and those claims have yet to be decided on.
But lawyers for Prince's sister and five half-siblings did not want to wait, saying any further delays will increase costs to the estate and impede its efficient administration. Attorneys for those who have been rejected as heirs say their interests would be harmed if the district court doesn't wait out the appeals process. His estate has been estimated at about $200 million. The siblings' attorneys didn't immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince's niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law. Federal and state estate taxes are expected to consume about half the value.
The pop legend died at Paisley Park in April a year ago from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.
Prince reconciled with Warner late in his life and the label next month will put out a new edition of his icon 1984 album-soundtrack "Purple Rain", complete with previously unreleased tracks.
Since Prince's death, his Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue.