Genetic testing ordered on Prince’s blood to handle ‘parentage’ claims – USA TODAY
The judge overseeing the resolution of Prince’s estate on Friday ordered genetic testing on a sample of the late superstar’s blood, saying “parentage issues” might arise and time is short.
Carver County, Minn., District Judge Kevin Eide signed the order authorizing the temporary special administrator of the estate, Bremer Trust, to obtain the blood sample from the Midwest Medical Examiner, which conducted the autopsy on Prince’s body, and have it genetically analyzed “for any purpose relevant to the administration of the Estate.”
The judge’s order recognized that “parentage issues” could arise and that “timing can be a concern when conducting genetic testing.”
The order said Bremer Trust is authorized to hire DNA Diagnostics Center to do the testing.
After Prince was found dead on April 21 in his Paisley Park compound in Carver County, an autopsy was conducted and samples taken, as is usual in any autopsy. Prince’s body was later cremated. The final word on the cause of death is pending further testing but investigators are looking into whether prescription painkillers played a role.
Amidst conflicting statements from Prince’s friends and family concerning the existence of his will, here is what we do know about the future of Paisley Park.
Maurice Phillips said during a memorial service for the late singer, “He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend.” Video provided by Newsy
Prince, one of the best-selling recording artists in music history, passed today at just 57 years old. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians in history, his career spanned four decades.
USA TODAY LIFE
For the third straight day, Prince fans in are flocking to the music superstar’s home near Minneapolis. Hundreds have been leaving purple flowers and balloons along the fence of the compound, called Paisley Park. (April 23)
Just days before his death, Prince tweeted a picture of a purple Yamaha piano that was custom made for him. Now executives at Yamaha are revealing the behind-the-scenes work that went into that very special instrument. (April 23)
Prince’s publicist says his friends and family gathered late Saturday to say goodbye to the late 57-year-old musician. Video provided by Newsy
Prince, the musical icon, passed away at the age of 57. Here are 5 things we’ll remember most about The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
No matter who you are, if you encountered the artist known as Prince, you likely got a hell of a story out of it. Video provided by Newsy
Prince was nothing if not unique. So it’s no surprise that the beloved artist was a master of catching his fans off guard.
Cities honored the musical legend with purple lights on monuments, theater marquees and more.
Dad Rock podcast hosts Jim Lenahan and Patrick Foster join Patty Michalski and Maeve McDermott to share their memories of Prince.
Video by Jasper Colt, USA TODAY
From the ruffles to his colorful array of suits, Prince was never afraid to make bold fashion choices.
Apr 22 — Speaking at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, President Obama was asked about the death of musical legend Prince. The president said Prince was “full of life” and that his passing is a “remarkable
Fans around the world created makeshift memorials to mourn and celebrate music legend Prince, who died Thursday at Paisley Park, his suburban Minneapolis compound. (April 22)
Prince, one of the best-selling recording artists in music history, has died. He was 57, and his publicist confirmed his death. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians in history, his career spanned four decades
There were no apparent signs of trauma on Prince’s body, according to investigators during a press conference. Prince was alone at his residence and found unresponsive in an elevator when he was pronounced dead.
The iconic singer was found dead in his suburban Minneapolis home. Fans quickly began gathering outside Paisley Park to share their memories of Prince.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery installed a portrait of Prince in the museum’s In Memoriam space on Friday. (April 22)
The Courier-Journal’s Music Critic Jeffrey Lee Puckett and music fan Tom Heiser compare notes to see if they agree on which are the Top 10 Prince songs of all time.
Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal
Meanwhile, the fate of his estate, valued as high as $300 million, is up in the air because so far no will has been found and the list of his potential heirs is growing. As administrator, Bremer Trust is now engaged in looking for a possibleÂ will, organizing Prince assets (such as real estate and music), and seeking out legitimate relatives eligible to inherit a portion of his estate.
Prince left no parents, children or spouses.Â Besides his full sister, Tyka Nelson, and at least five half-siblings who have been named in court documents, one otherÂ woman has come forward to claim she is a half-sibling, and the descendants of another half-sibling (now dead) could be heirs, too.
John HilbertÂ and Shar Mansukhani, co-owners ofÂ Heir Hunters International, a company that searches for long-lost heirs to unclaimed estates, told USA TODAY they haveÂ received hundreds of calls and emails since Prince’s death from people claiming to be a long-lost relative to Prince. They said they are investigating the bonafides of one man in his 30s who says he believes Prince was his fatherÂ although he has yet to say so publicly.
Sorting all this out may come down to the DNA. Under Minnesota law, full siblings and half-siblings are treated equally for the purposes of inheritance. Both of Prince’s now deceased parents had children with other spouses and relationships.
The estate has to separateÂ the legitimate relatives from the scores of people coming forward, many of whomÂ may be frauds orÂ mistaken, before it can fairly distributeÂ the assets of Prince’s estate.