Prince Rogers Nelson, born on June 7, 1958. flew with the doves and the doves began to cry, bringing tears to the entire world. Prince was known for many things but he stayed true to what he believed was right for him and his career. He self directed his life to follow a straight arrow towards the ultimate goal of sharing what he loved with all those whom he loved. He achieved that and so much more.
Just like the death of Elvis Presley, then Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, I will always remember what I was doing when I heard the news that the stars had begun to fall and that Prince had left so suddenly. Suddenly enough that all people could do was let out a collective loud, “No way. This can’t be true.”
Prince shortened his name to his first name which really was Prince. Maybe his parents knew that one day he would be the real Prince of music around the globe, or even beyond that and the king of what unique style of music he shared. Just like everything in his life, he never shied away from his past and the things which led him to the fame he enjoyed.
Although Prince was quite famous and could live anywhere he wanted, he chose to stay close to his roots and lived his life near his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. He was never bothered by crazy fans when he walked the streets and was treated just like anyone else who lived there. He loved being able to be close to his fans which may have given him his creative skills to write some of our favorite songs.
I’m not going to write about how many albums he’s made or the trouble he had with one of his record labels, but instead I want to keep it more personal. Prince was not only a musical genius, he was a husband, a father, a brother and a friend. That is how I want to remember him.
Prince was more than a symbol
Prince was married twice (Manuela Testolini (married 2001–2006) & Mayte Garcia (married 1996–2000), both ending in divorce. He was a father at one time, if only for a week, to a son named Gregory Nelson, who was born a month early. Gregory had Pfeiffer syndrome (info below), and flew on tiny angels wings a week later.
Mayte and Prince remained friends since their divorce.
Today someone is claiming to be the 30 year-old son of Prince. I imagine people will be surfacing who are legitimate and those who are not.
Mayte Garcia (married 1996 – 2000)
“I can’t even think of the words of what I’m feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated … I loved him then, I love him now, and will love him eternally … He’s with our son now.”
“I know he loved you too,” Tyka told Prince fans following The Purple One’s tragic death on April 21, 2016 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Both Prince’s mother and father, were talented jazz musicians John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw. Music ran in their family and Tyka was also talented. Tyka released six albums of her own and plays piano, clarinet, bass and guitar.
Before John married their mother, Mattie, he had three daughters and two sons with Vivian Nelson (Lorna, Norrine, Sharon, Duane, and John), all bearing John’s last name. . John and Vivian’s son Duane Nelson, died in 2011 and their daughter Lorna, passed away in 2006. Prince’s mother, Mattie, later got remarried and had two sons named, Omarr and Alfred.
Prince did not leave a will and as such, there are people coming forward in hopes of cashing in on the purple one’s wealth. The stakes are high because not only will they inherit the wealth and debt he had when he passed away, but they will also get access to the next century of albums which he had written and could be released one album per year. They would also be able to cash in on the royalties of any songs he wrote. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
I will miss him. I won’t miss him because he was famous or strange to some, but I will miss everything about him. I loved his quirks and that spectacular smile he genuinely gave out. I miss listening to songs that my mother would never have let me like “Darling Nikki” or “Get Off” but also songs like the “Raspberry Berret” and of course, “Purple Rain”. I am sad that I won’t ever be able to watch him perform live. Another light has gone out.
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