An ugly court battle between one of the world’s most renowned pop-artists, Katy Perry, and a group of nuns over a real estate deal turned extremely tragic when one of the sisters involved in the case died in court on Friday. 

Sister Catherine Rose was one of the nuns fighting Katy Perry over the singer’s Los Feliz property on which a former convent of the Los Angeles Archdiocese once stood.

The 89-year-old collapsed and died Friday during a court proceeding related to the case.

Source: standwiththesisters.org
Source: standwiththesisters.org

Holding nothing back, Sisters Rita Callanan and Holzman of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart talked to Fox news for the first time since an LA County judge passed a ruling against them, and in the process, clearing the way for the LA Archdiocese to sell their Los Feliz convent to singer Katy Perry.  

“You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. Please archbishop... Do what is right in your heart,” Callahan pleaded.

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Source: Getty Images

On the nuns’ website Stand With The Sisters, the caption “Rest with the angels our most precious treasure” is seen above a picture of Sister Catherine Rose.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez issued an official statement that read, “Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, IHM passed away suddenly at the age of 89.[…] Sister Catherine Rose served the Church with dedication and love for many years and today we remember her life with gratitude.[…]”

Source: standwiththesisters.org
Source: standwiththesisters.org

The sisters have lived at the 8-acre property since 1973 and claim to have the documents proving they are the rightful owners.

They recently released a documentary in order to showcase their side of the story.  They had previously wanted to sell the property to a local businesswoman named Dana Hollister who planned to turn it into a boutique hotel. 

“We asked her to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us,” says Holzman.

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