Man Files Claim Alleging He’s Prince’s ’Sole Surviving Legal Heir,’ Requests DNA Test

Prince at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 31, 1986. Ebet Roberts/Redferns

A man from Kansas City named Carlin Q. Williams is claiming to be Prince’s son. According to CBS News, Williams filed his paternity claim in Carver County, Minnesota, against the late singer's estate, alleging to be the "sole surviving legal heir."

Williams, who is the first to come forward with such claims, is requesting a DNA test.

CBS, citing court documents, reports that his mother, Marsha Henson, said in a statement she had unprotected sex with the “Purple Rain” singer at a hotel in Kansas City back in July 1976.

Anticipating such claims, a Minnesota judge on Friday, May 6, authorized the use of Prince’s blood for DNA testing to determine “parentage issues.” A vial of the music icon’s blood was extracted by the Midwest Medical Examiner shortly after his death. His remains have since been cremated.

As previously reported, Prince had no known will and no living children. He died at the age of 57 on April 21 at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The legendary musician’s autopsy and toxicology results are still pending, and his cause of death is being investigated by the DEA and U.S. attorney’s office. 

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