Prince’s Sister Says He Knew His Death Was Approaching
Nelson speaks out about Prince’s untimely death in the upcoming People and ABC co-production People Icons: Gone Too Soon. In addition to recalling memories of their childhood in Minneapolis, Nelson ponders a strange occurrence from Prince’s final years 0f life.
“About three years ago [Prince] called … He said, ‘I think I’ve done everything I’ve come to do,’” Nelson remembers. “My dad and Prince always spoke in these types of riddles … He knew [he was going to die soon]. And he was preparing me. It’s very clear.”
On April 21, 2016, Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound at the age of 57. It was later determined in June that the “Purple Rain” singer died of an accidental overdose of the highly addictive opioid, fentanyl. Nelson says that the last time she saw her brother was only a few days before he died when they spent time together at Paisley Park.
“The last day I saw him, we were making jokes. We hugged three times,” says Nelson, who admits that she was in denial about his death until August.
She tells his fans, “He needed to go. He was tired. Instead of crying, dance. He didn’t like me to cry, so I don’t want them to cry either.”
People Icons: Gone Too Soon airs on Tuesday, March 21 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. The special will also honor the lives of late stars including Robin Williams and Whitney Houston and will feature interviews with their family members and friends.