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Nun Suing Katy Perry Over Convent Sale Collapses, Dies In Court


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Katy Perry has not released a statement regarding Sister Catherine Rose Holzman's death. The two women faced off in court over the sale of an estate years ago.   ( Jesse Grant | Getty Images )

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who sued Katy Perry years ago, died while in court on Friday. She was 89.

Holzman was in court for a post-judgment hearing related to the lawsuit she filed against Perry when she suddenly collapsed. The feud between the nun and the singer started in 2015 when Holzman, as well as the other nuns at the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sold the estate to Dana Hollister.

However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles told Holzman that they did not have the right to sell the estate to Hollister and decided to sell it to Perry. At the time, Hollister was already living in the huge property.

Judge Favors Katy Perry Over Nuns

One year later, a judge ruled against Holzman and declared that the $15.5 million sale to Hollister was invalid. The nuns at the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary were ordered to pay Perry and the archdiocese millions in legal fees.

After Perry gained ownership of the property, she went to the estate while Hollister was also there. The latter had refused to leave, so Perry and her team called the police officers to the premises.

Archbishop José Gomez's Statement

Following her death, Archbishop José Gomez released a statement about Holzman, even though he did not side with her decision to sell the property three years ago.

"I was sad to hear the news of her passing and I have offered a mass for the repose of her soul. We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones," said Gomez.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman Reaches Out To Katy Perry

Just hours before Holzman's passing, the 89-year-old nun begged Perry to no longer pursue her purchase of the property. She said that buying it will not do anyone any good.

In a 2015 interview, Holzman revealed that she and the other nuns pooled their resources together to purchase the estate in 1972. They occupied it until 2011 before they were forced to move out by the archdiocese.

The nun also said that selling the property to Perry is something they cannot approve of because the singer represents everything that they do not believe in. Holzman also said that selling the property to Perry is a sin.

As of late, the "Dark Horse" singer has not released a statement regarding Holzman's demise.

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