Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, 55, is Prince’s only sibling from the union of their parents, John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, who are both deceased. Both Nelson and Prince were musically talented. Nelson plays four instruments; piano, bass, guitar and clarinet, and has released six albums. Her most recent title is A Brand New Me.
Nelson filed a petition in probate court for Carver County, Minnesota., where Prince suddenly died on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota last week. Details surrounding his cause of death have not been released.
“I do not know of the existence of a Will and have no reason to believe that the Decedent executed testamentary documents in any form.
“The Decedent died intestate,” Nelson said in her petition for the appointment of a special administrator to deal with Prince’s estate, which has been widely reported to be valued at $300 million.” There have been conflicting media reports that estimates Prince’s fortune to be less than $150 million, which does not include the millions his estate is set to make from the increased sale of merchandise and music or the money the singer received when he signed a deal agreeing to stream all his music on Tidal. He’s estimated to have left $27 million in property.
Nelson names in her petition as “interested parties” half siblings to the Prince estate to her knowledge thus far.
Prince’s has three half-sisters and four half-brothers. His father, John, had three daughters and two sons from his marriage to Vivian Nelson. Their names are Lorna, Norrine, Sharon, Duane and John.
Lorna had no children and died in 2006; Duane died in 2011.
Then, after her divorce from John, Prince’s mother Mattie remarried and gave birth to two sons, Omarr and Alfred.
According to Minnesota law, if an unmarried individual with no children dies without a will, the parents, grandparents, and siblings of that person stand to inherit their wealth, though that can be contested in court under certain circumstances.
When someone dies intestate, i.e. without a will, a probate court usurps administration of the decedent’s estate and distribution of assets, which are listed by Nelson as “Homestead, other real estate, cash, securities and Other.”
We’re anxiously awaiting word from Prince’s longtime attorney, L. Londell McMillan.