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Judge Authorizes Use of Prince’s Blood for DNA Testing to Address Potential ‘Parentage Issues’

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Don’t even think about it. A Minnesota judge ruled on Friday, May 6, to allow samples of Prince’s blood to be tested should people step forward and try to claim inheritance of the late musician’s estate.

According to the court document obtained by Us Weekly, the court recognizes that “parentage issues might arise and that timing can be seen of concern when conducting genetic testing.” Judge Kevin W. Eide signed off on the order, authorizing the current administrator of Prince’s estate, Bremer Trust, to “take all reasonable and necessary actions to analyze the decedent’s blood sample, including but not limited to conducting genetic testing of decedent’s blood.”

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As previously reported, the “Purple Rain” singer died suddenly on April 21 at age 57 without a valid will, meaning that he did not bestow his reported $300 million fortune upon anyone.

Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings — John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker — decided during a short hearing last week that they will continue to allow Bremer Trust to manage Prince’s assets.

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The music icon is also survived by two ex wives but no children. (Prince had a son, Boy Gregory, who died at only one week old in October 1996.)

The investigation into the cause of death is also still ongoing, and autopsy results have not yet been released. The notoriously private musician even kept his medical condition hidden from his close friends.

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According to The New York Times, he reassured members of his inner circle that “nothing was wrong” just days before his tragic death.

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