The administrator for Prince’s estate appears to be preparing for the possibility that the “Purple
A federal judge in Minnesota has authorized Bremer Trust, National Association to have the late music legend’s blood tested for DNA.
“With the Court’s imprimatur, the Special Administrator seeks authorization to analyze the decedent’s blood, a sample of which is being maintained by the Midwest Medical Examiner,” the order, filed Friday, reads. “Recognizing that parentage issues might arise and that timing can be of concern when conducting genetic testing, the Court hereby orders” that Bremer Trust be allowed to have the blood analyzed.
Bremer “is authorized to take all reasonable and necessary actions to analyze the Decedent’s blood sample, including but not limited to, conducting genetic testing of decedent’s blood, for any purpose relevant to the administrator of the Estate.”
Meanwhile, the fate of the singer’s estate, which is 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, hence the need to address any parentage issues before they arise.
Prince, who left no parents, children or spouses, is survived by full sister, Tyka Nelson. A further five half-siblings have been named in court documents.
Prince died at age 57 on April 21, days after reportedly being treated for an overdose of the opioid painkiller Percocet. The singer was reportedly possessed painkillers at the time of his death.
The day before his death, Prince staffers contacted addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld to treat the singer.
The testing will take place at DNA Diagnostics Center.
Prince’s son, Boy Gregory, died a week after his 1996 birth.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.