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Man Claims He's Prince's Adopted Son and He's Owed $7 Million in Singer's Will

Prince at the 2011 Hop Farm Festival
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Prince headlines the main stage on the last day of Hop Farm Festival on July 3, 2011 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom.

A South Carolina man who claims he was Prince's adopted son says the late rock icon did indeed leave behind a will, and that he's owed $7 million, per an alleged document that no one has seen yet. To date there has been no evidence that the singer, who died on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate from an opioid overdose, had a will at the time of his death, but in documents filed in Carver County Court, Norman Yates Carthens reportedly claims he's Prince's adopted son.

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According to WCCO, Carthens submitted a written statement that says he's certain Prince had a will and that it specified he was to get $7 million. At press time, though, he had not provided any proof of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's last will and testament. On Monday, a Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide approved an aggressive timeline for testing claims of heirship to Prince's estate.

Eide approved a protocol proposed by special administrator overseeing Prince's affairs, Bremer Trust, that gives existing claimants until this Friday to file sworn statements detailing their claims to have a genetic relationship with Prince that would make them heirs, given the lack of a confirmed will so far. Billboard was unable to reach Carthens for comment at press time.

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Any new claimants have a week from filing to provide details on their parentage, along with supporting documents such as their birth certificates and parents' marriage certificates. So far, the list of claimants include Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, six half-siblings and a Colorado prison inmate, Carlin Q. Williams, who claims Prince as his father. Three others have also reportedly claimed to be related to the "Purple Rain" star.

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Married and divorced twice, Prince was only known to have one child, son Boy Gregory Nelson, who died of a rare genetic disorder one week after the singer's then-wife, Mayte Garcia, gave birth. Under Minnesota law, because Prince died without a will, and because his parents are deceased and he has no spouse, his estate would first pass to any surviving child. If Williams or Carthens can prove that they are Prince’s sons, then they would inherit the full estate. If their claims fail (and no one else is established as Prince’s child), the estate would be divided among the singer’s full and half-siblings, assuming they can prove a direct relationship.