Catholic Nun Dies in Courtroom Fighting Born-Again Pop Megastar Convent Purchase


U.S. media declared that a nun involved in a property case with singer Katy Perry has died amid court hearing.

Sister Catherine Rosse Holzman, 89, died in court during the proceeding related to the sale of a Los Feliz property, according to ABC-affiliate KABC.

The pop singer - who is the child of itinerant evangelical Christian preachers - offered in 2014 to purchase the eight-acre tract containing several lovingly-cared-for Roman villa-style buildings, but after the nuns raised an outcry the deal was put on hold, prompting a lawsuit by Perry.

Holzman and another nun, Sister Rita Callanan, disputed the sale, arguing they were already in talks to sell the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $44,000.

Sister Holzman died after collapsing during a post-judgment hearing on Friday.

The nuns fear that because Perry's $14.5 million offer was made to the archdiocese - without the nuns being involved - they would never receive any money from the sale, Billboard reported in 2015.

In an interview with Fox 11 just hours before her death, Holzman pleaded to the camera, "Katy Perry, please stop".

Perry's offer has the approval of Los Angeles' archbishop but has yet to gain approval by the Vatican.

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"You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart".

At issue in the ensuing legal battle was who had the right to sell the property - the Archdiocese or the nuns.

"We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones". However Sister Callanan told the LA Times that she and Sister Holzman disapproved of the pop stars image.

In 2016, a judge ruled against the nuns, declaring the $15.5 million sale to Hollister invalid and ordered her to pay the archdiocese and Perry millions in legal fees.

Archbishop Gomez released a statement saying Holzman had served the church "with dedication and love for many years".

And they're also making a plea to Perry herself.

Katy Perry scooped $4.5 million in a legal battle against two nuns that were fighting back against the decision.