Nun dies amid court session in Katy Perry lawsuit

Nun dies amid court session in Katy Perry lawsuit

A nun involved in a legal dispute with Katy Perry over the sale of her convent to the pop star collapsed and died in court Friday.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, one of two ageing nuns who were fighting the sale of the three-hectare convent, died on Friday during related legal proceedings in Los Angeles County Court, Fox affiliate KTTV reported.

Perry had offered to buy the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa-style buildings for $US14.5 million ($18.4 million), and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests.

The complicated land deal comes down to who has the rights to sell the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary's convent, the sisters or the Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez - the courts ruled the latter, even though the sisters have owned the convent for 40 years.

The nun's website Stand With The Sisters posted a message alongside a photo of Holzman acknowledging her death.

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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.

"And to Katy Perry, please stop", Holzman pleaded.

"Rest with the angels our most precious treasure".

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

By this time, Perry had offered $14.5 million for the property as Hollister was already in the process of renovating the convent.

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Dressed in their habits, Sister Callahan told reporters, "You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart". They wanted to sell the property to local businesswoman Dana Hollister who had plans to turn it into a boutique hotel. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people".

Another of the nun's concerns is with the singer herself.

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

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.

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