DNA Tests To Determine Who Is Entitled To Prince's Estate
A judge in the US has authorised a DNA test to determine who is entitled to Prince's estate following the singer's death last month (April 21).
According to The Guardian, lawyers have been given permission to obtain a sample of Prince's DNA.
A judge ruled that the move would help prevent any false paternity and inheritance claims that should arise in the aftermath of the musician's death.
Prince does not have any known children but The Daily Mail recently reported that up to 700 people have claimed to be entitled to a share of Prince's estate.
The family of the “Purple One” have said reports the late musician had already received a memorial service are wrong.
It was previously claimed the musician had already been cremated at a private service at his Paisley Park home after his death last month.
Hollywood Life reports his siblings have released a statement denying these reports. It read: "We would like everyone to know that, contrary to previous and current reports, there has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organized or authorized by the family or Paisley Park representatives. Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future."
The statement continued: "Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way. We appreciate the public's patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince."
Details of Prince's autopsy have revealed that the painkiller Percocet was present in the musician's body when he died.
The drug contains oxycodone and acetaminophen, which are also said to have shown up in the medical examiner's investigations.
5 Eyewitness News, a local ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, claims to have received information from two law enforcement sources close to the investigation.
It is also claimed that Prince's red blood cell count was "dangerously low", indicating that he had been ill in the run-up to his death.
However, it is still weeks before the cause of death will be revealed in the official toxicology reports.