The Associated Press is reporting that two of Prince’s heirs are in dispute with executors of the late singer’s estate after unreleased music was removed from a vault at his Paisley Park, Chanhassen home.
Sharon and Norrine Nelson, Prince’s half-sisters have threatened to take legal action against Comerica Bank & Trust after the company removed the music to a secure site in Los Angeles for safekeeping. The collection of music includes master tapes of around 30 unpublished albums, completed by the late star which is reportedly worth around $200 million.
Sharon Nelson told AP, “We want the music back home in Paisley Park where it belongs. It’s just as though Prince passed away again. That’s how I felt. I was really devastated by that.” Sister Norrine blasted the move as “extraordinary and unconscionable”, adding that the pair may take legal action.
According to Sharon, a “Paisley Park representative” told her that around four truckloads of material was removed from the vault in early September.
A Comerica spokesperson said the company acquired an expert storage company to ensure the late singer’s audio and visual content was preserved. In a statement obtained by Billboard magazine, the spokesperson said, the family was aware of the relocation plans, stating, “On four separate occasions, Comerica discussed the process with the heirs and any suggestion otherwise is not accurate.”
The singer, who was 57 at the time of his death in April 2016, died without leaving a will. Executors were appointed to oversee the singer’s estate which went to his next of kin.