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Prince Inheritance: Two Women File Claims to Star's Estate

by Kareen Liez Datoy   May 21, 2016 14:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Musician Prince performs his first of three shows onstage during 'One Night... Three Venues' hosted by Prince and Lotusflow3r.com held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on March 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com) (Photo : Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com)

It is not just the cause of music icon Prince's death that remains unresolved but also the names of his possible heirs since he did not leave a last will and testament. Recently, two women filed a motion claiming to be the niece and grandniece of Prince.

Said potential heirs are the daughter and granddaughter of Prince's half-brother, Duane Nelson Sr., who died on March 2011. His birth certificate and death certificate proves his blood relationship with the late singer, thus naming Briana Nelson and Victoria Nelson as heirs of the star's $300 million estate, Yahoo News reported.

When Tyka Nelson, Prince's sister, listed his heirs, it included six half-siblings but Duane's was not included since reports reveal that the family did not consider him a blood relative. But the motion filed by the party at the Carver County District Court through attorneys of the Stoltmann Law Offices in Chicago proves that Duane is a son of Prince's father, John L. Nelson.

"Throughout his life, John L. Nelson held himself out as Duane Nelson Sr.’s father, including giving Duane Nelson Sr. his last name, publicly acknowledging him as his son and raising him as his child,” the motion stated.

Reports also reveal that Prince acknowledged Duane as a brother when he was still alive. He even worked as a head of his security. Meanwhile, Tyka also referred to Duane as a brother during a public statement following the death of the "Purple Rain" singer.

Since there was no will, the Minnesota law will help determine the heirs of Prince's wealth. With that, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide issued an order appointing Bremer Trust as the special administrator of the assets and to manage the estate. It was also given authority to "establish genetic testing and documentary procedures to verify whether claimants are related to Prince," NY Daily News wrote.

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