The iconic performer Prince may have had a different title: father. A man filed a paternity claim on the late Prince’s estate Monday, CBS News reported.
Identified as Carlin Q. Williams, the man claimed he is the “sole surviving legal heir.” He maintained he is the only biological son of Prince. Williams’ mother, Marsha Henson, said in a statement she had unprotected sex with Prince in Kansas City, Missouri, in July 1976, when she conceived Williams. Court documents including her statement were filed in Minnesota, Prince’s home state.
The judge overseeing Prince’s estate anticipated paternity claims and previously ordered genetic testing. Even though the performer’s body was cremated, a vial of his blood was extracted. It’s being kept at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minnesota, which is attempting to determine Prince’s cause of death.
“BREAKING: #Prince estate judge orders genetic testing,” Minneapolis TV reporter Paul Blume tweeted Friday. “Wants #Prince blood analyzed as they anticipate claims of fatherhood for his $$$.”
Because the “Purple Rain” star died without a will, his estimated $300 million estate likely would be split among his six living siblings — unless, of course, it is determined Prince fathered a child.
Due to the fact no cause of death has been made public yet, rumors have swirled about how Prince died. The most popular one is that he succumbed to a drug overdose. The prescription painkiller Percocet was found on him when he died at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, April 21. He was 57 years old.
Despite some reports claiming Percocet was found in Prince’s system, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said no information about his toxicology report has been released. The office “has not released any information regarding the Prince Rogers Nelson investigation to anyone, including law enforcement,” it said in a statement Thursday. “Results are pending. This is an ongoing investigation in partnership with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. We will have no further comment at this time.”
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