Nun in property dispute with Katy Perry dies after collapsing in court

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Sister Catherine Rose Holzman

Holzman was one of two nuns that tried to sell an 8-acre convent in Los Feliz, their home as Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for four decades, to restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who planned to turn the convent into a boutique hotel. The L.A. archdiocese subsequently sued her, saying the sisters didn't have the authority to sell the convent. Perry spent more than $2 million in legal fees fighting the small group of elderly nuns, according to Curbed LA.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman of the Archidiocese of Los Angeles has died.

In an interview with ET in 2015, Sister Catherine told ET that she didn't think Perry was the right person to maintain the legacy of the convent. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said.

The singer sought to buy the 32,375-square-metre property and its Roman-villa style buildings for US$14.5 million.

'We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones, ' he added.

Holzman and another nun were involved in the decision to sell. However, the sisters preferred Hollister's offer as it was more at $15.5 million and they had a stronger bond with her.

Sisters Catherine Rose Holzman, second from left, and Rita Callanan, center, are escorted by businesswoman Dana Hollister, right, out of Los Angeles Superior Court.

The case has been put on hold following the nun's death, although they had previously appealed to Pope Francis directly to give them their convent back.

A judge ruled that the sale of the convent was invalid and Perry and the Catholic Church were awarded a total of nearly $10m (£7.2m) in damages in December past year. The legal battle has been raging on since 2015.

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. She has sinced declared that she doesn't identify as a Christian anymore.

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