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Attorney: There May Be 2 More Potential Heirs to Prince Estate

The daughter and granddaughter of a man who may be Prince's half-brother could be entitled to Prince's fortune, according to court documents.
Prince performs during half-time at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP - Getty Images, file

More possible heirs to music legend Prince's estate emerged Thursday, including a child who may be his grandniece, according to a letter filed with a Minnesota court.

An attorney said the girl, identified as a V.N., a minor, is the daughter of the son of Duane Joseph Nelson Sr., who the lawyer said is Prince’s half-brother.

Duane Joseph Nelson, Sr., died in 2011. He also had a daughter, Brianna Nelson, who could also be an heir, attorney Michael B. Padden said in a letter to a Carver County court dated Thursday that was filed Friday.

"I believe that under Minnesota law, his children and grandchildren would be considered heirs for this pending estate,” Padden said in the letter.

V.N.’s father, Duane Joseph Nelson Jr., died in 2005, Padden said in the letter.

Padden acknowledged that Prince’s family has not listed Nelson Sr. as a potential heir, but said he is a half-sibling and pointed to an alleged social media post from Prince’s sister, Tyka, that indicates she considered him a brother.

Padden said Duane Joseph Nelson Sr. and Prince grew up together but were estranged. Padden said he used to represent V.N.’s mother, but has been unable to contact her.

The letter asks that a guardian ad litem be appointed if V.N.'s mother does not hire an attorney to represent the claim.

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate on April 21 at the age of 57. Prince's sister said it does not appear that he had a will. His estate is said to be worth $300 million.

A representative for Prince’s family said this week they are not commenting on potential heirs.

On Monday, an attorney representing Carlin Q. Williams filed a letter claiming Williams is Prince’s son and seeking genetic testing to prove it.

In a separate proceeding, a Minnesota judge last week authorized the administrator of Prince’s estate to test a sample of Prince’s blood in case any “parentage issues” arise.

Prince’s only known child, a son named Boy Gregory, died a week after being born in 1996.