Court documents released Friday reveal a Minnesota judge denied 29 people’s claims to Prince’s estate after finding they were either lying about their supposed relation to the late pop icon or could not provide sufficient proof of their claims, according to a report from Reuters. Of the remaining six people whom the judge believes are related to Prince, genetic testing will be required to verify their relation before his estate is divided amongst them.
According to a report from USA Today, six of the 29 claimed to be Prince’s long-lost children, often with dubious reasoning. One claimed “at my grandmother’s funeral, I was told by my mother’s best friend my name was French for Young Prince and [Prince] was the reason,” while all another had to offer was a description of his father as “very smart and intelligent.” None of them could provide any reasonable proof for their claims, and as such were dismissed.
Prince died without a will, and his assets are set to be divided amongst his rightful heirs. According to the USA Today report, John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson, Omarr Baker and Tyka Nelson are all known to be Prince’s siblings or half-siblings, and will all likely split the estate so long as tests prove they are indeed related to him. His estate is estimated to be worth anywhere from $150-300 million before taxes.
Prince died in April of an opiate overdose at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. He was 57 years old.