Hundreds of People Claim They’re Related to Prince in Bid for Inheritance

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
May 8, 2016 Updated: May 11, 2016

Prince left no will when he died, which meant that his estate—worth hundreds of millions of dollars—is up for grabs between his living relatives. 

Tyka Nelson, Prince’s full-sister, and five half-siblings have already filed claims in court, but now more claimants are pouring in. 

“Our phone has been ringing off the hook, I would say we have received between 600 and 700 calls,” Harvey Morse, a genealogy researcher, told the Daily Mail. 

“They run the gamut, literally from “We lived in the same area so we must be related”, to “We have pictures of Prince at our family reunion.'” 

Prince’s estate is currently being managed by a trust company as the legal process to divide his estate continues, which some legal experts say could take years. 

Prince is twice divorced and has no living children. 

His six half-siblings are John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson, Omarr Baker, and allegedly Darcell Gresham Johnston. 

On Friday, the probate judge presiding over Prince’s case allowed blood to be drawn from the deceased singer so that claims of blood relations could be verified. 

Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.