Five Facts You Should Know About Prince’s Sister, Tyka Nelson

After the passing of her brother, Tyka Nelson conveyed to Prince enthusiasts, “I am aware that he also cherished all of you.”

The Purple One was discovered unconscious in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday, April 21.

Prince, originally named Prince Rogers Nelson, went through two divorces and experienced the loss of his only child a week after birth.

Nelson, aged 55, is the surviving family member of the departed music icon.

Here are five things to know about Nelson and her relationship with the “Purple Rain” singer.

Five Facts You Should Know About Prince's Sister, Tyka Nelson
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Tyka is the most likely candidate to inherit Prince’s estate

Tyka is Prince’s only full biological sibling. His parents, John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, both passed away.

They divorced in 1966 when Tyka was 6 and Prince was 8.

Tyka is now Prince’s closest living relative. Before their parents got together, John Nelson had three daughters and two sons from a previous relationship.

Shaw later remarried and had two sons, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

According to statute 524.2-103 of the Minnesota probate code, Baker, Jackson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, and Sharon L. Nelson are eligible beneficiaries to Prince’s estate if he didn’t have a will.

Lorna L. Nelson, a half-sister, passed away in 2006 at 63, and Duane Nelson, a half-brother and former head of security at Paisley Park, died in 2011 at age 52.

She is married and has six children

On Saturday, Tyka and her husband Maurice Phillips were spotted at Paisley Park, where family and friends assembled for a private farewell ceremony for Prince, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tyka, a mother of six, has daughters Danielle Phillips, Crystal Phillips, Chelsea Phillips, and sons Rachard Phillips, Sir Montece Laeil, and President LenNard Laeil Nelson.

President LenNard Laeil Nelson joined his mother at the First Memorial Waterston chapel in Minnesota on Monday to transport the late singer’s ashes.

Like her brother, Tyka is also a musician

Tyka Nelson, Prince Rogers Nelson sister
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Tyka shares a passion for music, much like her brother Prince and her jazz musician parents.

In a 2008 interview with City Pages, she mentioned starting to write songs at the age of 10.

However, she hasn’t collaborated with Prince since their youth. Throughout her music career, Tyka has released six albums, with the latest one being a gospel album titled A Brand New Me in 2008.

In addition to her singing career, she plays four instruments: piano, guitar, bass, and clarinet.

She bounced back from prostitution and crack addiction

Tyka struggled with crack cocaine addiction. To support her children, she turned to prostitution, as reported by The National Enquirer on September 23, 2003.

In an exclusive interview, she revealed, “I was a single mother, and my boys were babies. I sold my body for food, money, and pampers.

I pawned the car Prince had given me and sold the kids’ TV for drugs.” Prince enrolled Tyka in a rehab program in the early 2000s.

By 2008, after achieving sobriety, he reignited her music career.

Read more: How much did Prince’s siblings inherit?

Her sibling relationship was not always good

Tyka shared her Minnesota childhood in a City Pages interview. “I was the overweight kid, no boyfriend.

I believed ‘ugly, fat, stupid’ comments,” she recalled.

Her brother viewed her as crazy. In Prince’s early career, their relationship was strained.

Tyka told The National Enquirer in 2003, “I love my brother, but I’m not a yo-yo.

He can’t just keep spinning me in and out of his life.

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