A nun embroiled in a property dispute with singer Katy Perry collapsed and died during a court hearing on Friday, US media report.
The 89-year-old was one of two nuns who had tried to sell the Los Feliz convent where they lived to a restaurant owner named Dana Hollister for just $44,000, as an alternative to selling it to the pop star. The L.A. archdiocese subsequently sued her, saying the sisters didn't have the authority to sell the convent. Perry spent more than $2 million in legal fees fighting the small group of elderly nuns, according to Curbed LA.
In December, Perry was awarded $3.3 million in damages, on top of a previous payout of $1.6 million in compensatory damages to help fund the case.
Hours before her death she spoke to United States news channel Fox 11 LA, decrying the ruling that cleared the way for the sale of the property to Perry.
She collapsed during a court hearing in Los Angeles Friday, in what has been a protracted effort by the nuns to keep Perry from taking ownership of the property. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", according to the gossip site.
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'You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. "We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones", the statement said, in part. However, in a odd twist of events Hollister was found guilty of fraud because she allegedly interfered with the sale process.
Perry reportedly visited the nuns to win them over, and is said to have shown them her tattoo of Jesus and sung a hymn for them. But in December, a jury ordered that Hollister pay nearly $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Perry for interfering in the Archdiocese's sale of the property to the "Swish Swish" singer.
Our Sisters were supposed to live for the rest of our lives at our beloved Convent.
However a crackdown by the archdiocese followed.