Nun drops dead during courtroom fight with Katy Perry over former convent

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

The years long real-estate legal battle between Katy Perry and a group of nuns took a tragic twist as one of the sisters involved in the case died in a Los Angeles court room on Friday.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who had battled Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was in court for a post-judgment hearing related to the case when she collapsed.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, of the Sisters of the Most Holy And Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was 89, according to ABC 7.

In December 2017 a judge had decreed that the nun's preemptive sale of the property for well below its asking price to a local restaurateur was invalid, as the sisters had not received permission from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Vatican to sell.

But local entrepreneur Dana Hollister stepped in and attempted to buy the property from two nuns who had lived there for $US15.5 million ($19.7 million).

"To Katy Perry, please stop". In an interview hours before her death, the nun told Perry she is "hurting a lot of people".

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"We asked her to save us, to buy the property".

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property. In November of past year, a jury found that Hollister had intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry and a judge ordered her to pay millions to the archdiocese and the singer. "We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones", he continued.

Archbishop José Gomez, who has been on the opposing side of Holzman and the nuns, issued a statement after learning of her sudden death.

"Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it", she said. They occupied it until 2011 before they were forced to move out by the archdiocese.

The Archdiocese intervened, however, saying the offer was void because the order did not get the sale approved by the Archdiocese or Pope Francis.

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