Music fans visit a memorial created outside Paisley Park, the home and studio of Prince, on April 23, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minn. 
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Minnesota judge puts settlement of Prince’s estate on a fast track

A Minnesota judge wants to get moving quickly on sorting out Prince’s estate, giving people claiming to be the late singer’s heirs only until Friday to file their claims.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died April 21 at age 57 of opioid toxicity — without having left a will, according to his sister. That leaves it up to the courts to figure out who gets all or parts of his estimated $27 million-plus in property and untold millions more in potential licensing and rights income.

Remembering 'The Purple One": Prince dead at 57
Prince, one of the most iconic and influential rock and soul stars of the past 40 years, died at age 57 Thursday at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.
So far, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-brothers and -sisters and assorted nieces and nephews through some of those half-siblings have taken steps to claim the estate.

So has a federal prison inmate in Colorado who claims he’s Prince’s son from a 1976 fling.

Carver County, Minnesota, District Judge Kevin W. Eide on Monday ordered that anyone wanting to put in a claim must do so by Friday, June 10.

The claims will be reviewed by a special administrator appointed to oversee Prince’s finances pending a resolution.

The administrator, the wealth management firm Bremer Trust, could decide that DNA testing is appropriate, according to the order.

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Minnesota judge puts settlement of Prince's estate on a fast track