Judge Finally Issues Decision On What Will Become Of Prince's Vast Estate

It’s been a little over a year since the shocking death of music icon Prince. The legendary performer was found dead inside of an elevator at his sprawling Paisley Park mansion in Minneapolis, and investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of what’s been labeled as an accidental overdose. The shocking death left a ton of unanswered questions, including who would be entitled to the star’s multimillion-dollar estate.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide has finally offered up some clarity, but he notes that it wasn’t the easiest decision to come to.

"This case is perhaps unique in the state of Minnesota. In many ways, we are in uncharted water here," he said during a recent hearing.

Since Prince left behind no will, that led to some confusion as to how his substantial assets would be split up. The value of the star’s estate is estimated to be between $100 million and $300 million, and it has sparked a fury of claims once the fact that he didn’t have a will became common knowledge. Astonishingly, more than 45 people have come out of the woodwork to claim they are entitled to at least some of Prince’s fortune.

Eide has decided that the star’s six siblings, sister, Tyka Nelson, and half-siblings Alfred Jackson, Omarr Baker, John R. Nelson, Sharon Nelson, and Norrine Nelson, are the rightful heirs. However, the six of them will have to wait a while to cash in their claims, as the remaining claims still have to work their way through the judicial system. Since we’re talking about 40 or so additional claims, this matter could be tied up in the courts for some time.

As for the investigation into Prince’s death, investigators are still poking around. It’s been revealed that Prince's physician, Dr. Michael Schulenberg, was prescribing the star oxycodone and other drugs under the name of Prince’s bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, which was allegedly due to the reclusive star’s privacy concerns. A search warrant indicates that both men have been questioned by the authorities, but their statements failed to provide any clarity.

“Interviews with those who were at Paisley Park the morning Prince was found deceased have provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements,” the warrant reads in part.

Looks like the investigation will be going on for some time, as will the battle over the star’s fortune.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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