A judge confirmed Prince's six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend's multimillion-dollar estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died April 21, 2016, without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings—Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker, and Alfred Jackson, reports the AP. The siblings will still have to wait to inherit their shares of Prince's estate, which court filings suggest has an estimated value of about $200 million, though taxes are expected to consume about half of that.
More than 45 people came forward in the wake of Prince's death, claiming to be his wife, children, siblings, or other relatives. Some, including a Colorado prison inmate who said he was Prince's son, were ruled out through DNA testing. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince's niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law. Some of those people filed appeals, and Eide said that if appellate courts send any of the rejected claimants back to him, he will consider them. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won't be able to collect anything without his approval. Under state law, others who feel they have credible claims of heirship have a year from the judge's order to come forward with their claims. (Prince's son died 6 days after birth.)