Prince’s Supposed Adopted Son Says He’s Owed $7 Million

Woman claiming to be “Purple Rain” singer’s half-sibling also files probate papers

The Prince Inheritance Sweepstakes has gained two more contestants.

More than a month after the “Purple Rain” singer’s death at age 57, a man and a woman have filed papers claiming to be heirs to Prince’s fortune.

In papers filed Monday, Norman Yates Carthens claims he was adopted by Prince, and was left $7 million by the musician.

According to court papers filed by Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, the legendary musician died without a will. However, Carthens, who lists a South Carolina address in his filing, says he knows that Prince left a will, “because I’m a [sic] heir listed in it.”

Carthens claims to have proof that he’s an heir.

In a separate filing last week, Regina Sorenson claims to be a half-sibling to the “Little Red Corvette” singer, saying that she and Prince had the same father. She claims that, at one point, she and Prince were removed from the Nelson family by Child Protection Services due to “severe abuse by Prince’s older step brothers,” who were later “convicted of severe crimes against me that resulted in many broken bones, a severe concussion and other injuries almost leading to my death.”

Prince died April 21 after being found unresponsive in the elevator of his Paisley Park home in Minnesota and less than a week after reportedly being treated for an overdose of the opioid painkiller Percocet.

Last week the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office announced that the singer died of a self-administered overdose of the opioid painkiller Fentanyl.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.