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Prince's family in court Monday; a special administrator appointed
A source tells CNN initial meetings with singer's siblings were contentious
A court hearing to determine the fate of Prince’s estate – including the contents of a secretive vault the musician left behind at Paisley Park – concluded Monday with a special administrator appointed but no will discovered.
While a search for the late pop icon’s will continues, the court appointed St. Paul-based Bremer Trust as special administrator during the proceeding in Chaska, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis.
The court determined that all possible heirs have been reached and have been provided the opportunity to be included in the petition filed by Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said First Judicial District Judge Kevin Eide.
What resides in the vault at Paisley Park is anyone’s guess, but Prince’s half-brother, Alfred Jackson, told CNN that if it contains music, he wants the world to hear it.
That, of course, may not be up to him, as all but one of Prince’s living siblings and half-siblings signed off on Bremer Trust as administrator. Half-brother John Nelson was the only holdout, but that doesn’t mean he opposes the move – only that he didn’t actually sign it.
On Monday morning, Prince’s family arrived at a probate hearing to determine what happens to everything that the music icon left behind. Among those attending the hearing were sister Tyka Nelson and half-siblings Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and Omarr Baker.
A source with firsthand knowledge of the discussions about Prince’s estate said the initial meeting between the siblings was contentious and ended in shouting. Neither Jackson nor his attorney would say who exploded in anger, except to note that it was not Jackson.
Tyka Nelson has filed legal documents that say the late superstar did not have a will. Without one, Minnesota law states that his estate would go to his sister and his half-siblings.
They would control his brand, including Prince’s NPG record label and thousands of unreleased songs. Prince’s net worth was believed to be about $300 million, according to various estimates.