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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on February 19, 1985. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives—Getty Images

More Than 20 People Are Claiming to Be Prince’s Heirs

Jun 15, 2016

People are coming out of the woodwork claiming familial ties to Prince in the hopes of gaining access to his estate.

The musician unfortunately passed away without leaving a will. His sister, Tyka Nelson, filed documents with the Minnesota court overseeing his case listing herself and five other siblings and half siblings as Prince's heirs. Reuters previously reported that his estate, which is potentially worth $300 million, would likely be divided evenly among his brothers and sisters. But now more people are looking for a cut. USA Today reports that numerous people have filed documents with the court claiming to be siblings, children, or distant relatives of Prince.

Three people are saying they're Prince's half siblings, though their claims are a bit difficult to believe. At least two of them say they have the same father as Prince, yet they both name different fathers, neither of whom are Prince's known father, John Nelson.

Documents show that three more people are claiming to be his children—one man who is currently in a federal prison; one who claims Prince adopted him and left him $7 million; and one woman who likely isn't his daughter given their close ages. She's 43-years-old, and Prince died at 57.

Seven people are saying that they're distant cousins related to Prince through the sister of his great-great grandfather. Considering Minnesota law bars such distant relatives from inheriting one's estate they likely won't end up seeing any money, even if they are actually related to him.

Lastly, there's one woman who hasn't explained what her relationship is to Prince, but is requesting to be included in DNA testing all the same.

The next court hearing regarding Prince's estate is scheduled for June 27. Since the deadline to file as a potential heir was June 10, some of these claims may not be considered.

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