Judge in Prince's Estate Case Authorizes DNA Testing

Prince performs in Pasadena in 2007
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Prince performs onstage during the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on June 1, 2007 in Pasadena, Calif. 

The judge overseeing the Prince estate case has authorized genetic testing on a sample of his blood in case it's necessary to determine who's entitled to shares of the estate.

First Hearing Set for Prince's Estate

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide on Friday (May 6) granted a request by the special administrator overseeing the estate, Bremer Trust, to hire DNA Diagnostics Center to perform the genetic testing on a blood sample now held by the medical examiner's office that conducted the autopsy on Prince.

Prince died April 21 at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The cause remains under investigation.

In his order, the judge says he's "recognizing that parentage issues might arise" in the administration of Prince's estate. He's authorized the medical examiner to release the blood sample to the testing laboratory.

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