Man Claiming To Be Prince's Son Requests DNA Test

Carlin Q. Williams alleges he's the music icon's "sole surviving legal heir."
Prince performing in Germany in 1986.
Prince performing in Germany in 1986.
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Carlin Q. Williams, a man from Kansas City, has come forward with claims that he's the son of late music icon Prince.

Williams filed a paternity claim in Carver County, Minnesota, CBS News reports, and he alleges that he's the performer's "sole surviving legal heir." Williams, the first person to come forward with such a claim, is also requesting a DNA test to prove he's the "Purple Rain" singer's biological son.

According to CBS, Williams' mother, Marsha Henson, says she had unprotected sex with Prince in July of 1976 at a Kansas City hotel.

Last week, the news site reported that a Carver County judge ruled in favor of the release and analysis of a sample of Prince's blood for the purpose of paternity claims such as this one. The DNA from the sample will likely be used to settle Williams' claim.

Prince had one child, Boy Gregory, with his first wife Mayte Garcia in 1996; the child died just days after being born. Garcia recently opened up about the loss of her son in an emotional speech at the Single Moms Planet’s Single Mom’s Awards in Los Angles last week.

Prince, who died in April at the age of 57, had no known living children. The artist's autopsy results are still pending, though it's been reported he had Percocet in his system at the time of his death.

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