Prince's Sister Reveals Why She Is Skipping His Minnesota Funeral, Says Family Is Not Fighting Over Estate
By John Boone
Prince's sister says there is no bad blood between her siblings as they attempt to divide the late singer's estate.
In the absence of a will, Tyka Nelson filed legal documents to appoint a "Special Administrator" to the music icon's estate. Tyka, along with Prince's five half-siblings, John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker, have faced off in court over his reported net worth of $300 million, but Tyka says they "remain united."
"To my knowledge…No One in my family has fought about anything, and least of all me..." she wrote on Facebook. "But I must admit I think it's funny that I'm the one they say, 'Stormed out...' or that 'We are at war' Me? Us? Really? Where was I when all that happened?"
Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. His body was cremated after being released to the family, but his remains have yet to be formally laid to rest.
"Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! I nor my brother's remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families Memorial/Funeral/Tribute," Tyka stated.
She is referring to a funeral scheduled to take place on Sunday at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The private event is "invite only," according to local 5 Eyewitness News, who report that 300-500 guests are expected, including "high profile" persons.
"The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and Therefore I support any and all Memorials or Funerals that have happened and/or are being planned..." Tyka wrote. "However I will Not be in attendance, because I feel that once…is enough."
The family originally planned to have a private funeral for Prince on April 23, but it was canceled and his close friends and family instead had an "intimate gathering," as Tyka called it. An official memorial service and public event will be rescheduled for August, she added.
Meanwhile, some of the Grammy winner's most famous friends stepped out to attend another private service for Prince on May 11. The singer's ex-wives, Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia, organized the event, which was attended by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Larry King and Spike Lee, among others.
Learn more about the memorial and see exclusive photos of the event in the video below.