One of the nuns locked in a legal battle with pop star Kate Perry over the sale of an 8-acre convent lawsuit died after collapsing in court on Friday.
Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, was in court for a post-judgment hearing as a show of support for businesswoman Dana Hollister when she dropped dead, TMZ reported.
“We asked [Dana Hollister] to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us,” Holzman said hours before collapsing.
The nun also begged Perry, a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, to stop trying to buy their property before dying.
“And to Katy Perry, please stop,” Holzman pleaded. “It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”
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 archdiocese struck a deal with Perry, while the sisters reached an agreement with Hollister, who offered $1 million more than the $14.5 million Perry offered and promised to keep the convent open to the public while turning the 8-acre property into a hotel.
Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sued Hollister for interfering with their deal and won, with a jury ordering her to pay a total of $3.47 million to the archdiocese and $1.57 million to Perry as compensation for the subsequent court fees, Fox News reported.
Archbishop Gomez released a statement saying Holzman had served the church “with dedication and love for many years.”
“I was sad to hear the news of her passing and I have offered a Mass for the repose of her soul,” the statement said, according to Fox News. “We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones.”
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