It has been a year of mourning since we lost Prince. The world (and most of us @Okayplayer) are still in mourning, as his death doesn’t really seem real to us. A full 365 days have gone by and there has been more fighting for control of his estate and assets than investigating whether criminal charges are warranted.
The 57-year-old icon left no will, which remains one of the great mysteries in recent American pop culture. Court reports that came out describe the multi-instrument singer-songwriter as “no pauper,” with real estate valued at more than $25 million, 67 10 oz. gold bars valued at more than $836,000, a treasure trove of unreleased music and more than $1.3 million listed as “cash on hand” from his NPG Music Publishing company.
All of this has made for an interesting tête-à-tête between the Minnesota courts and family members. With other personal items from jewelry to studio equipment to instruments to vehicles yet to be valued, Prince’s estate is already a hot commodity as streaming services Spotify and TIDAL fought to own his music. Multiple claims have been filed by those seeking to be named as heirs since Prince died, but what is clear is that a lot has happened involving his estate, his music legacy and his life since passed.
To bring those on the outside up to speed, we’re breaking down the key timeline of events that have transpired involving Prince’s estate since his tragic passing on this day (Apr. 21).
April 21, 2016
Prince was found unresponsive at his estate Paisley Park.
April 27, 2016
Investigators say that painkillers were found in Prince’s possession after his death.
May 4, 2016
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA join the Carver County Sheriff in Prince’s death investigation.
June 2, 2016
Prince’s autopsy is released, revealing an overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl.
June 10, 2016
This date marked the deadline for filing a claim to Prince’s estate. Some two dozen people declared themselves to be potential heirs to the Purple Throne.
Aug. 13, 2016
Family, close friends hold a private memorial service for Prince at his Paisley Park home.
Aug. 22, 2016
Pills at Paisley Park are revealed to contain Fentanyl.
Aug. 26, 2016
The Minnesota State Fair holds a “Unite In Purple” Day to celebrate the life and legacy of Prince.
Oct. 4, 2016
Chanhassen City Council authorizes limited tours of Prince’s Paisley Park to the public.
Oct. 6, 2016
Limited tours of the grounds at Paisley Park begin, allowing the public to see Prince’s home.
Oct. 13, 2016
Xcel Energy Center holds a tribute concert to Prince on this day with appearances from Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and 3rdEyeGirl.
Oct. 24, 2016
Chanhassen City Council votes to rezone Paisley Park, paving the way for more permanent tours of Prince’s home.
Nov. 2, 2016
Prince’s estate signs a deal with Universal Music to host his music catalog.
Nov. 14, 2016
Prince’s estate shuts down a deal with Jay Z‘s TIDAL to become the home to his extensive music catalog.
Jan. 24, 2017
With no heirs listed, Comerica Bank & Trust take over running Prince’s estate.
Feb. 12, 2017
Prince’s catalog appears on Spotify.
Apr. 12, 2017
Prince’s siblings file a request that a judge make a final determination of heirs.
Apr. 17, 2017
Universal Music Group considers rescinding its deal with Prince after 10 weeks, $30 million and a complex deal he had with Warner Music Group.
Apr. 17, 2017
Search warrants, death certificate, other court documents in Prince’s passing are unsealed and made public.
April 18, 2017
Prince’s estate has sued George Ian Boxill, saying he has absolutely no right to release an EP titled, Deliverance, which contains five new tracks produced by the late Rock Hall of Famer.
April 20, 2017
Prince’s estate puts a halt to George Ian Boxill’s plans to release Deliverance, as a federal judge granted the request for a restraining order. This means that the EP will not be released on the first anniversary of Prince’s passing.
We miss you, Prince, and we’re sure you do too. He may be gone, but as we come together to mourn his physical passing, we all can continue to keep his spirit alive by sharing his music, his art, his life, his message of love, funk and peace to all those around the world and beyond. Leave your favorite memory of the Purple One down below in our comments section + keep your 3rdeye open.