Nun dies amid court session in Katy Perry lawsuit

Nun dies during court proceeding over property battle with LA Archdiocese, Katy Perry

Katy Perry Nun Involved in Singer's Lawsuit Drops Dead in Court

One of the two nuns involved in a years-long legal battle with worldwide pop star Katy Perry over over the sale of a Catholic convent in Southern California collapsed and died in court.

TMZ.com reports that sister Holzman was in court for a post-judgment hearing Friday when she died.

The uproar over the property began in 2015 when Holzman and the sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary sold the Medieval-Spanish-Gothic-Tudor estate to restaurateur Dana Hollister.

The money was meant to cover the lawyer fees that had been racked up in court by both parties after a judge ruled that the nuns had no legal right to sell the property to Hollister.

Just before her death, Holzman made an impassioned plea to Perry on Fox 7.

"Katy Perry, please stop. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she told KTTV cameras. Gomez issued a statement to NPR about Holzman's death.

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Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, said Sister Catherine Rose had served the church "with dedication and love for many years".

On Saturday a website set up to back the nuns' legal battle carried a picture of Ms Holzman with the caption, "Rest with the angels our most precious treasure". According to the Associated Press, the Los Angeles archbishop had approved the star's bid, however official approval on the sale was yet to come through from The Vatican. But the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles stepped in, claiming that under the 1983 Roman Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law, all Church property belongs to the local diocese, rather than belonging to priests and nuns that live in work in churches and convents.

In 2015, CBS News reported that the singer who got her start in Christian music had even met with the sisters and sung them a gospel song.

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property.

"Katy Perry represents everything we don't believe in", Holzman said in the interview.

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