The tragic death of Prince was another harsh blow to the music community, who were probably only just starting to recover from the passing of David Bowie.
Now his sister, Tyka Nelson, has revealed in court documents that Prince did not have a will. She filed papers to a court in Minnesota, petitioning for a special administrator to oversee his estate.
The total amount of Prince’s fortune is unclear, speculation seems to vary widely because of Prince’s very high spending habits and drug use. Early claims said it was $800 million, but more recent reports are claiming it totals $150 million.
The only thing we know for sure, $27m (£18m) in property.
While Tyka is Prince’s only surviving full sibling, she does have half siblings John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omarr. Tyka has listed herself and her half siblings as beneficiaries of Prince’s fortune.
According to TMZ, in the court documents Tyka said: “‘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.”
In the filing, Tyka claims that emergency action is necessary because immediate action is necessary to manage Prince’s assets.
Tyka added in the filing that an administrator is needed “because no personal representative has been appointed in Minnesota or elsewhere”.
Another key thing to remember is that music fans have been rushing to buy his songs and records in memorial, so there are posthumous sales to take into consideration here as well. This means that his heirs could be in line to receive a small fortune.