Nun dies amid court session in Katy Perry lawsuit

Nun dies amid court session in Katy Perry lawsuit

Holzman then addressed Perry directly: "And to Katy Perry, please stop".

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.

A jury late previous year ordered Hollister to pay $15 million in damages for interfering with the sale of the property But Sister Holzman, in an interview outside Hollister's Brite Spot diner in Echo Park, defended Hollister a few hours before before she collapsed in court.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was a member of the California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a convent located in Los Feliz, California that became the subject of a vicious property battle in 2015.

She was one of two nuns locked in a legal battle with Perry and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over a former convent in the city.

"Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, IHM passed away suddenly today at the age of 89", Archbishop José H. Gomez wrote in a statement on her passing obtained by PEOPLE.

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In 2015, CBS News reported that the singer who got her start in Christian music had even met with the sisters and sung them a gospel song.

The sisters said they previously spoke with Archbishop Jose Gomez, who agreed they could choose who would purchase the property, but they could not get a hold of him once they chose to move forward with Hollister, The Los Angeles Times previously reported.

Those that lived in the convent, including Holzman, were intending on selling the property to restaurant owner Dana Hollister for $15.5 million, who sought to convert the convent into a hotel.

Hours before her death, she said: "And to Katy Perry, please stop".

At issue in the ensuing legal battle was who had the right to sell the property - the Archdiocese or the nuns.

At the time, the Associated Press reported that Perry reportedly offered $14.5 million for the house, and that the singer's bid was approved by the Los Angeles' archbishop, but was still waiting on approval from the Vatican. "She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us".