Katy Perry lawsuit: Nun involved in property row 'dies in court'

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Sister Catherine Rose Holzman

Screengrab ABC Sister Catherine Rose Holzman

A nun who had been involved in a legal battle with Katy Perry passed away during a court appearance, TMZ reports.

Holzman was part of the order of nuns known as The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The deal got all messed up, and Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A. sued Hollister claiming Hollister tried to interfere with Katy's deal to buy the property.

In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Holzman outlined one of the deepest concerns about the archdiocese's sale to Perry; since the superstar's $14.5 million offer, including $10 million in cash, was brokered without their involvement, they would never see a penny from the sale.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, collapsed and died during legal proceedings over a hillside convent in Los Feliz worth millions, reported FOX 11.

Hours before her death she spoke to U.S. news channel Fox 11 LA, decrying the ruling that cleared the way for the sale of the property to Perry. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said.

"You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart". The archdiocese released a statement regarding her sudden death.

At one point Perry, who began her career as a Christian singer, reportedly met with the nuns and attempted to sway them by singing gospel songs.

Hollister was ordered to pay Perry $5 million in punitive damages for interfering with the sale.

Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita Callanan said they were uncomfortable handing the convent and its eight surrounding acres over to the star, whose sometimes provocative hits include I Kissed A Girl and Ur So Gay.

Our Sisters were supposed to live for the rest of our lives at our beloved Convent.

Back in the 1960s they abandoned the practice of wearing habits and and wanted to set their own bedtimes and times to pray. When the Vatican refused to step in, 300 nuns broke with the church and formed their own community.

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