MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 (UPI) -- A judge on Friday ordered officials to retrieve a DNA sample from Prince's body as part of the ongoing investigation -- specifically, for any potential "parentage" issues that might come up in the future.
Carver County, Minn., District Judge Kevin Eide, who is overseeing the settlement of Prince's estate, ordered that a blood sample be taken from the late singer's body "for any purpose relevant to the administration of the Estate."
The judge didn't cite any specific example but said such a claim may arise in the future and that "timing can be a concern when conducting genetic testing."
Prince Rogers Nelson died on April 21 at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The investigation into his death and toxicology results have yet to be completed. In recent days, news media have cited sources close to the singer in reporting that Prince appears to have suffered from an acute dependence on opioid painkillers.
The court's decision is likely a move to head off any future claims against the singer, such as claims of being an heir to Prince's vast estate.
The decision came on the same day a Georgia woman filed a claim, asking for billions that stem from compensation she claims she has been owed for three decades. Eide previously dismissed a suit from a California man who claimed he had rights to the singer's musical properties.