Nun at centre of Katy Perry legal battle dies in court

Sister Catherine Rose (SOURCE

Sister Catherine Rose (SOURCE

United States media declared that a nun involved in a property case with singer Katy Perry has died amid court hearing.

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.

Holzman and another nun - who is now the only remaining member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - argued they had the right to sell the property, where they had lived since the 1970s until the Archdiocese evicted them in 2011.

A jury found last November that Hollister interfered with Perry's property deal and asked her to pay millions to the archdiocese and the pop star.

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One year later, a judge ruled against Holzman and declared that the $15.5 million sale to Hollister was invalid.

"To Katy Perry, please stop", the 89-year-old told FOX 11 as she entered Los Angeles County Court. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said.

In a statement of the nun's passing obtained by PEOPLE, Archbishop José J. Gomez extended prayers from the Church.

The singer wanted to buy the eight acre property for $14.5 million, but the group of nuns said they were uncomfortable with the deal.

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Sister Catherine Rose served the Church with dedication and love for many years and today we remember her life with gratitude. Her bid had the approval of Los Angeles' archbishop.

At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the singer had visited the nuns in an effort to ease their anxieties - discussing her tattoo of Jesus and singing them a hymn to demonstrate her respect for the religion.

The nuns had attempted to sell the highly-prized estate to a local restaurateur Dana Hollister to turn into a boutique hotel. "She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us", says Holzman.

With the sisters petitioning the Vatican for sale approval, but the matter not yet decided, the Archbishop and Katy Perry sued the sisters for interference after they proceeded to execute the deed with Hollister. At the time, Hollister was already living in the huge property.

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