Judge Rules Prince's Six Siblings Are His Rightful Heirs

Prince died on April 21 last year of an accidental drug overdose

A Minnesota judge has ruled that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to his estate, more than a year after the pop superstar died of a drug overdose.

Carver County district judge Kevin Eide decided that, in the absence of a will, his heirs are his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings - Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

Since then, the estate has been tied up in probate court as dozens of would-be heirs (and their lawyers) sought to get a piece of the estate by claiming to be Prince's secret wife, secret child, secret sibling or some other more distant relation.

Court filings estimate the estate to be worth approximately $200m (£154m), although half of that value is expected to go to federal and state estate taxes.

However, the siblings' lawyers argued further delays would cause costs to the estate to rise and impede its efficient administration.

Some individuals whose claims of heirship were rejected have filed appeals.

According to an announcement at the time, those recordings comprised most of Prince's released work after he ended his initial deal with Warner Bros in 1996 as well as unreleased material, but also rights to certain recordings within that initial Warner deal; Warner is disputing those terms. The siblings' attorneys didn't immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment.

Prince left no will after his death from an accidental drug overdose.

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

Paisley Park now operates as a museum, with displays of Prince's flamboyant concert wardrobe as well as his instruments and motorcycle collection.

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