Ex-manager hoping Prince's music catalogue 'is left in good hands'


Prince's sister is not "business savvy" enough to handle the rights to her brother's vast music catalogue, his former manager has said, amid reports she could be set to inherit his multi-million pound fortune.

Reformed drug addict Tyka Nelson could be in line to acquire the superstar's estate, including his vault of unreleased material, if he failed to leave behind a will following his sudden death on Thursday, according to reports.

Owen Husney, Prince's first manager, said he had "prayed" the star's legacy had been left "in good hands".

Prince looks set to dominate the charts
Prince looks set to dominate the charts (Yui Mok)

He told the Press Association: "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.

"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".

Tyka Nelson
Tyka Nelson (Steve Karnowski/AP)

Her brother Prince was found collapsed in a lift by staff members at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he last seen alive. The 57-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Prince fans are mourning his death
Prince fans are mourning his death (PA)

Celebrity news website TMZ reported that Prince had overdosed on a painkiller called Percocet six days before his death, forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Atlanta, Georgia.