Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Prince's 6 siblings are heirs to his estate, judge rules

Prince's 6 siblings are heirs to his estate, judge rules

The iconic "Purple Rain" singer died in April 2016 at the age of 57.

A Minnesota judge has named Prince's sister and five half-siblings as the heirs to the musician's estate, more than a year after the superstar's death, the Star Tribune reported. If an appellate court rules that rejected claimants could have a claim, Eide said he would consider them, court documents said. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won't be able to collect anything without his approval.

Attorneys for those who did appeal had said their interests would be harmed if the district court didn't wait out the appeals process before naming the heirs.

Prince died April 21 of past year at age 57 of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

The exact value of Prince's estate is unclear but believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prince's assets will not be distributed to his heirs without a formal court order.

Meanwhile, Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank, the manager of Prince's estate, are moving ahead with plans to terminate the US$31m [NZ$44.8m] recorded-music deal announced earlier this year.

Since Prince's death, his Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue.

The motion will be presented before Judge Kevin Eide on May 31.

The announcement said that "beginning [in 2018], UMG will obtain United States rights to certain renowned Prince albums released from 1979 to 1995" - his most successful period by far, including the 1999, Purple Rain, Parade, Batman, and Diamonds and Pearls albums.

No one will ever know what Prince wanted done with his estate after he passed away because he didn't leave a will.

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