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Judge in Prince’s estate case authorizes DNA testing

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Prince died April 21 at 57.
(Matt Sayles / Invision/Associated Press)

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.

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide on Friday 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.

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Prince died April 21 at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The cause remains under investigation. He left no will.

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

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