The legal battle lasted six years and finally came to an end, thanks to a judge who approved an agreement between Prince’s relatives, his advisers and a company called Primary Wave, in addition to the general directorate of taxes. There was $156 million at stake..
The dispute originated because the great artist who died in April 2016 he left no will and had no children, but six half brothers. Three of them took legal action to claim their share, while the other three sold their share of the inheritance to the Primary Wave company. During these years of trial two of them died.
Prince during a visit to the Versace fashion show in Milan, 2006. Photo: AP
The figure that was at stake was known in January, when Comerica Bank & Trust, momentarily in charge of managing Prince’s fortune, revealed the amount in January of this year, in a hearing that was supervised by the IRS.
That $156 million includes his estate, the value of his song catalog and a legendary vault full of previously unreleased recordings.
The final agreement
Prince at a press conference after performing at the intermission of the 2007 Super Bowl. Photo: AFP
A Minnesota state judge approved the deal last Friday. It was only made public this week.
“Prince was an iconic superstar – reported the company Primary Wave – and this agreement leaves his estate in the hands of professional experts. Last year we had announced a majority share purchase, allowing us to protect and advance Prince’s incomparable legacy.”
The statement refers to the fact that three heirs, including the family of his half-brother Alfred Jackson, who died in 2019, sold their share to the management agency and music publisher Primary Wave.
The other three heirs, including his half-brother John Nelson who died in 2021 and two half-brothers over 80 years of age, decided not to sign with Primary Wave and were left with less than 50% of the shares.
The figure of 156 million
A first estimate from the Comerica bank had put the figure at 82 million dollars, but the general directorate of taxes estimated in 2020 that it was 163 million.
According to the lawyer Londell McMillan, who represented the three heirs of the family, stated: “It was six long years and from now on we will work together with Primary Wave to do things the way we think Prince would have liked.”
The last hours of Prince
Prince in 2015, when he presented an award at the American Music Awards. Photo: AP
On April 7, 2016Prince postponed two shows on his “Piano & A Microphone Tour” after coming down with the flu. The concert was held on Thursday, April 14, despite not feeling very well.
After the concert, he lost consciousness during the flight back to Minneapolis, for which the plane had to make an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, where he received treatment for opiate intoxication and was given naloxone. The artist left the hospital a few hours later, disobeying all medical advice.
After this episode, some of his representatives indicated that he had suffered from “poor hydration” and that he had been fighting the flu for several weeks.
The next day, Prince was seen riding his bike, on April 16 he was seen at a Minneapolis store and held an event at his home in Paisley Park, stating that he was already feeling better.
On April 19, he attended a concert by the singer Lizz Wright and on the 20th his attendees went to an expert in drug addiction and algology for help, but at 9:43 on April 21 the local county authority de Carver received an emergency call requiring an ambulance in Paisley Park.
The man on the phone claimed to have found an unconscious person, then declared that she was already dead and finally identified her as Prince. In a press conference held on June 2, the Anoka County Medical Office established that the artist had died of a fentanyl overdose at the age of 57
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