The estate of the the late musician Prince is selling his private home in Turks and Caicos. According to an announcement made by Premiere Estates, which is selling the five-acre property, bids will be taken on or before July 12 at 5 p.m. ET. The auction will not be held at the compound, which spans more than 10,000 square feet. The estate also has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, two private beaches, a 200-foot personal dock, a tennis court and a purple driveway.
Turks and Caicos, which are British territories, are two groups of tropical islands in the northern West Indies. Other celebrities who have homes in Turks and Caicos include actor Bruce Willis, supermodel Christie Brinkley and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. He was 57. Prince reportedly had no will, so his surviving siblings and half-siblings inherited his estate. Although several people over the years have claimed to be Prince's children, they have never proven through DNA or paternity testing to be Prince's children. The only child that Prince ever acknowledged having was a son whom he had in 1996 with his first wife, Mayte Garcia, who was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000. The son (reportedly named Amiir Gregory) died of the rare genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome a week after being born, but the couple kept his death a secret for months.
In April 2018, Prince's family filed a lawsuit against Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois, alleging that the hospital gave him improper treatment for an opioid overdose the week before Prince's death. According to the New York Times, the lawsuit also names the hospital's parent companies and physician Nicole F. Mancha as plaintiffs. Prince's family is also suing Walgreens for improperly dispensing narcotic medications that ended up in Prince's possession.
The New York Times reported that an investigation into Prince's death revealed that he had taken pills that he believed were opioids, such a Vicodin, but the pills were, in fact, synthetic forms of fentanyl, a much more potent drug than Vicodin. Minnesota authorities have announced that no one will be criminally charged for Prince's death.
On April 14, Warner Bros. Records, in cooperation with Prince's estate, released Prince's studio version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," which he recorded in 1984. "Nothing Compares 2 U" was first made famous in 1990, when Sinéad O'Connor's recording of the song became her biggest hit. Prince released his own live version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1993. April 2018 also marked the launch of two new officially sanctioned Prince website: Prince2Me.com (a place for fans to share their memories) and PrinceEstate.com, where people can get information on his extensive discography.
As first reported by Variety, Warner Bros. is planning to release a collection of previously unreleased Prince material before the end of 2018. The collection's track listing and title have not yet been announced, but the release date is reportedly Sept. 28. (Release dates are always subject to change.) According to Variety, a Prince memoir (title and release date to be announced) will also be available before the end of the year.