Prince Nelson
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Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 - 2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson
Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1970s - unknown)]
Husband of [private wife (1970s - unknown)]
Died at age 57 in Chanhassen, Carver, Minnesota, United Statesmap
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Prince Rogers Nelson, known throughout the world simply as Prince, the prolific, flamboyant, multi-talented singer-songwriter-performer, was born on 7 June 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Prince had a prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life.... He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Manic Monday". Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000. Prince sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. His awards included the Grammy President's Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award [1985 Best Original Song Score], and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016, and will be inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in 2022.[1]

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and at the ceremony played an electrifying lead guitar solo in the performance of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps with an all-star band. Prince's riveting guitar solo comes at the end. (George Harrison, as a solo artist, was also inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2004.)

In a memorial interview in the Washington Post, guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top praised Prince's technique and singled out the opening guitar solo for Prince's When Doves Cry as "defying description."

His parents were John L. Nelson and Mattie Della (Shaw) Baker.[2]

Additional sibling and half sibling:
  1. Tyka Nelson (1960)
  2. Omar Baker (c.1969)

His father played piano in nightclubs after work, using the stage name Prince, and his mother was a nightclub singer.[3] Prince suffered from seizures as a child until the age of 7.[4] His parents divorced when he was about 10. He played basketball and trained in classical ballet.[5][6][7]

He married Mayte Garcia on 14 February 1996.[8][9][10] The marriage was annulled in 1999 and they formally divorced in June of 2000.

  1. Gregory Nelson, born October 16, 1996 - died a week after birth.

Mayte also says that the couple lost a second child, a girl, apparently prior to term.

He married Manuela Testolini in 2001.[11] The marriage ended in 2006. There were no children.

Prince died at home in Chanhassen, Minnesota at age 57 on 21 April 2016.[12][1] His body was cremated, and the urn, at one time viewable at his Paisley Park Studios, is currently not on display.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Prince (musician)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed January 25, 2022).
  2. "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2016), Prince Roger Nelson, 07 Jun 1958; from "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
  3. Woodworth, Griffin (2013). "Prince, Miles, and Maceo: horns, masculinity, and the anxiety of influence". Black Music Research Journal. 33 (2)
  4. Lynch, Jason (April 28, 2009). "Prince Talks about His Struggle with Epilepsy". People. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  5. Palmer, Caroline (May 5, 2016)."Dancers recall Prince as a hard-working 'darling' in tights and ballet slippers". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  6. Rothman, Michael (March 4, 2015). "Prince's Bryant Junior High Basketball Photo is Amazing". ABC News. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  7. Tevlin, Jon (March 13, 2004). "The Quiet One: A High School Classmate Recalls the Artist as a Young Man". Star Tribune. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  8. Marriage: "Web: Minnesota, U.S., Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019"
    Minnesota Association of County Officers; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Minnesota Official Marriage System
    Ancestry Record 70873 #922902 (accessed 28 January 2022)
    Prince Rogers Nelson marriage to Mayte Jannell Garcia on 14 Feb 1996 in Hennepin, Minnesota, USA. Certificate Number: 9581067
  9. Kennedy, Helen. "Rocker's Princess Bride" database w/images ( : accessed 20 Apr 2021) Daily News (New York, New York) 15 Feb 1996, Thu Page 997
  10. "Prince weds his Mayte, a 22-year-old dancer" database w/images ( : accessed 20 Apr 2021) Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey) 15 Feb 1996, Thu Page 2
  11. "Prince's Toronto connections cherished by city". CBC News. April 21, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  12. Kory Grow, "Prince Dead at 57," Obituary in Rolling Stone, April 21, 2016.
  13. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 January 2022), memorial page for Prince (7 Jun 1958–21 Apr 2016), Find A Grave: Memorial #161442923, citing Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Carver County, Minnesota, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave. Cremated. Includes biography and photos.

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We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.



posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Can we open the privacy for this Notable profile?
This profile is privacy locked due to him being attached to a living child who is a WT member. Emma
I'm not on the Trusted List, but I can see her linked as his daughter. So the Yellow status isn't affecting that. If the concern is that she could be removed, then can't we make him PPP instead of Yellow privacy? (Sorry if I am being obtuse here)
this profile is now open for editing. Thanks!
"When I'm writing [songs], some days the pen just goes. I'm not in charge and I'm almost listening outside of it. That's when I realize that we all have to start looking at life as a gift. It's like listening to a color and believing that these colors have soul mates and once you get them all together the painting is complete."


Thank you so much for your Purple Love you gave to us through your music and interviews! Cause, through it taught me how to stand up for myself, how to not care what others thought about me, how to protect my well being, how to be proud of myself and most of all, to unconditionally love all of me. You were much more than a Rock Star, you were a beautiful example of how to shamelessly live life as authentically possible, how to learn from mistakes and apply those lesson to do better, no matter what. You were, are now and always be "The Beautiful One!"

See you in the Afterwrold when I get there! 💜

posted by Amanda (Keys) Gibbons
Can you please add his son Nelson-22136 to this profile ? Thanks
posted by N Gauthier
Scott, If you do an internet search, you will find that Prince had no surviving legally recognized children. Can you please share the story or sources that this Notable had an adult daughter named Heather ???
posted by N Gauthier
I don't know where this Heather came from either. I have been totally into Prince since I was 17 years old and I am 58 years old now. I have every album of his, every interview of his on my hard drive, mag articles, you name it. NEVER EVER has he said a word about having a daughter. There are a lot of claims that came forth after his precious soul went to the Afterworld, that have all been debunked. I would have to see hard core evidence that this Heather is is daughter, besides what's said in her profile, before I believe it. Unless there is, that connection should be hidden to accurately preserve Prince's legacy.
posted by Amanda (Keys) Gibbons
"Dearly beloved

We are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life It means forever and that's a mighty long time But I'm here to tell you There's something else The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness U can always see the sun, day or night"

RIP Prince ?

posted by Michele McElderry
May the bass and the music continue on in the after life. You'll be missed.
posted by Hayley Stoddard
Rest in peace, brother. You will be missed. Your music contributed to many good times and memories. Particularly, a wild, alcohol-induced karaoke session I once witnessed. Also, when Julia Roberts sang your song in Pretty Woman. Classic moments.
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman