Judge confirms Prince's 6 siblings as heirs to his estate

Candice Alexander
May 20, 2017

A judge has ruled that the late musician's six siblings are the rightful heirs to his estate.

Court documents posted Friday, though, show the court has concluded Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings - Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson - are the heirs.

More than 45 people filed claims to be Prince's family members in the wake of his passing previous year, with some claims of heirship to be his wife, children, siblings or extended relatives still pending. Eide said in his ruling that if the appellate courts send those cases back to him, he'll still fully consider them.

Eide previously signalled that the six siblings would likely be named Prince's heirs, but he also had said he wouldn't make the declaration until appeals had been decided. But lawyers for Prince's siblings didn't want to wait, saying further delays would have increased costs to the estate and impede its efficient administration. Federal and state estate taxes are expected to consume about half the value. More than 45 people filed claims to be Prince's wife, children, siblings or other relatives in the wake of his death. Other documents released Friday show that Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank, the manager of Prince's estate, are moving ahead with plans to terminate the $31 million recorded-music deal announced earlier this year.

The filing also confirms that L. Londell McMillan, one of two former special music-industry advisers to the estate, will be the business adviser to three of the heirs: John, Norrine and Sharon Nelson.

The pop legend died at Paisley Park in April past year from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.

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