DNA Test Reveals Inmate Isn’t Prince’s Son
DNA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince’s son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.
As a result of the findings, Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit Prince’s $300 million fortune. The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorized to release the finding and therefore requested anonymity.
TMZ, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the case, first reported the DNA results.
Prince died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 and no will has emerged for him. He had no known surviving children although a few other people besides Williams have filed documents claiming Prince was or might have been their father.
Williams claimed that his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976. Williams, a 39-year-old Kansas City man whose long criminal record includes drug and domestic violence charges, is serving nearly eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.
An attorney for Williams did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Williams’ mother, Marsha Henson, said he didn’t believe that the DNA results show their claim is false.
“I don’t believe that. I think they’re positive,” she said before ending the conversation and referring additional questions to their attorney. She declined repeated requests to elaborate.
Under Minnesota law, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, and a possible niece and grandniece currently stand to inherit shares of the estate.
“There is really nothing to say,” said President Nelson, Tyka Nelson’s son. “There isn’t much to say because it was never a thing.”
The judge overseeing the estate case, Carver County Judge Kevin Eide, has not set a deadline for filing paternity and kinship claims.
Eide issued an order Wednesday sealing Williams’ test results “due to the confidential nature of the determination of heirship issues” under Minnesota law.