Scoop: Prince’s cause of death OD, potential heirs lining up

Things are going to be busy in Carver County, Minn.

On Thursday, the same day the coroner confirmed that Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl (a powerful opioid painkiller), administrators of his estate submitted papers to the district court concerning folks that have turned up claiming to be his heirs.

People reported that special administrator Bremer Bank and Trust, which is handling the pop star’s matters, is requiring potential heirs to submit, with their claim, a sworn affidavit chronicling their family history and a birth certificate. The trust then would decide whether to order genetic testing.

Final ruling on the matter is currently set for June 27.

Since his surprising death on April 21, a number of people have come forward, saying they’re related to the musician, according to People.

They include: Brianna Nelson, alleging to be Prince’s niece; and the guardian of an 11-year-old girl, claiming they’re the daughter and granddaughter of Prince’s half-brother Duane Nelson Sr.

Also: Carlin Q. Williams, a 39-year-old main who is incarcerated, says he’s the star’s “sole surviving heir” and has filed papers stating that his mother had a one-night tryst with Prince in July 1976 that resulted in his birth.

Prince’s sister Tyka and five half-siblings are working with Bremer Trust to settle the star’s business in and out of court. The 57-year-old left no will or instructions regarding who would get his reported $250 million fortune.

Meanwhile, as the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Prince administered the drug himself on an unknown date, and has closed its investigation, the Associated Press reports that the matter of exactly who supplied the pop star with drugs — and whether legally or illegally — remains of interest


Details have not been released about the cause of death of choreographer-to-the-star Andre Fuentes, who was found dead at his apartment earlier this week, according to RadarOnline.

The dancer, perhaps most famous for working with Britney Spears on her videos “I’m A Slave 4 U” and “Crazy,” apparently was found by concerned friends after he disappeared for a few days.

Fuentes, 40, had an impressive resume, with collaborators including Prince, Beyonce, Madonna, No Doubt, Michael Jackson and Brandy. Fellow dancers Brian Friedman and Melissa MIles remembered him fondly on Instagram.


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— Staff, wire reports

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