Prince 'not thought to have left behind will'


Prince is not thought to have left behind a will following his sudden death, according to court documents filed by the music superstar's sister.

Tyka Nelson has asked for a special administrator to be appointed to oversee the musician's estate after his body was found at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis on Thursday.

In the paperwork, Tyka, Prince's only full sibling, writes: "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."

Flowers lay on a T-shirt signed by fans of singer Prince at a makeshift memorial place created outside Apollo Theatre in New York

Tyka lists herself and five other half-siblings, John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omar, as potential heirs to Prince's fortune. The Purple Rain star's half-sister Lorna, who died in 2006, is also listed as an interested person.

The documents, filed to the Carver County probate court in Minnesota, state that an "emergency exists" because "immediate action and decisions need to be made to continue the ongoing management and supervision" of Prince's business interests.

Tyka has asked that Bremer Trust, a corporate trust company, be named administrator because its affiliate, Bremer Bank, has knowledge of Prince's "personal financial and business financial affairs".

Tyka Nelson outside her brother's home after he died (Steve Karnowski/AP)

The size of Prince's fortune is unclear, although he made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others during his career, and his estate included about $27 million (£18.5 million) in property.

Prince's first manager has previously voiced concerns that the star's sister - a reformed drug addict - is not "business savvy" enough to handle the rights to her brother's vast music catalogue.

Owen Husney said: "I'm sure Tyka is a great person. I would be remiss to think she has the music business savvy to be able to handle a body of work that's got to be worth 250 to 500 million dollars (£222-444 million).

Prince and his former wife Manuela Testolini (Ian West/PA)

"Prince's music has never really appeared in commercials. God forbid someone gets hold of this thing and it winds up in some toothpaste commercial.

"I pray that he has left it in good hands with people who know what they're doing."

Tyka, 55, discussed her past drug problems with the National Enquirer in 2003 when she revealed she had sold her body for "food, money and Pampers".

Under Minnesota law, a person can file a will with a probate court in secret. If Prince's will does exist, it would become public once a death certificate is filed but the medical examiner has not yet issued one for the singer.

Prince Rogers Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, who has died at the age of 57

His post-death earnings will match top-earning dead celebrities such as Elvis Presley, whose estate made $55 million (£37 million) in 2015, according to Forbes magazine.

Police are continuing to investigate whether foul play was involved in Prince's death after authorities said they had "no reason to believe" he killed himself and there were "no obvious signs of trauma" on his body.

The 57-year-old was found collapsed in a lift by staff members on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he was last seen alive when he was dropped off at Paisley Park. He was pronounced dead at the scene.