A nun involved in a lawsuit with singer Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died suddenly after collapsing during a court appearance over the weekend.
Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, was a member of an order of elderly nuns involved in a tussle over the sale of their convent and its surrounding 8-acre property in the city’s Los Feliz neighborhood.
According to reports, Holzman was able to speak with KTTV hours before her death, in which she appealed to the pop star to “please stop.”
“To Katy Perry, please stop,” Holzman said. “It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.” She also decried a judge’s ruling that made it legal for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to sell the convent to Perry.
The convent’s 8-acre property with its Roman-villa style buildings was sought for purchase by Perry for $14.5 million, but the California Girls singer’s efforts to buy the hilltop property was stalled when the nuns attempted to sell the convent to a local businessman to turn it into a boutique hotel, but in 2016, a judge ruled that their sale to the entrepreneur was invalid.
Holzman had served the church “with dedication and love for many years,” Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement.
Holzman’s order, the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years, but they have not lived in the convent for several years, according to the report.
LA Archbishop Jose Gomez meanwhile, said in a statement that Holzman served “with dedication and love for many years.”
“I was sad to hear the news of her passing and I have offered a Mass for the repose of her soul,” he said. “We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones.”