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By Samuel Alioto
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Paternity Test Proves That Prince Rogers Nelson Left a Son.

Genetic testing verifies one unidentified man's claim to be the Purple Rain singer's illegitimate son.

 

An unidentified man in his 30s whose mother allegedly had several liaisons with Prince in the 1980s, has DNA showing Prince has a 99% probability of being his father.

Update 8/8/16: We have photos and the identity of Prince's son! http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/08/08/news/court-documents-reveal-the-name-of-princes-son/1727.html

Independent genetic testing at a Santa Monica lab, has verified that an unidentified man in his 30s whose mother allegedly had several liaisons with Prince in the 1980s, has DNA showing Prince has a 99% probability of being the man's father.

Prince Rogers Nelson died from a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota on April 21, 2016. He was 57. His staff found the singer dead in an elevator and called 911. He died unmarried and without a will. Prince left no living children and no obvious heirs to his estimated net worth $300 million estate, other than one full sister, Tyka Nelson. So it was believed.

SMObserved.com has learned that genetic testing does in fact verify the authenticity of one claimant, to be the illegitimate child of the Purple Rain star. This child, a young man who is now an adult, is the son of Prince and a woman who, in the 1980's used to perform in the same clubs as the singer (though the mother was not a member of Prince's band).

The claimant, who never met his father, has negotiated with the Singer's estate and preserved his privacy (i.e., his mother desired anonymity) until today. However, if he wants to share in his estate, he will have to either settle his claim, or come forward with a legal filing in Court by the end of September.

Genetic testing has verified his claim, we have learned, so the Estate may ultimately settle with him. Since the Court must approve the settlement, the entire story will soon be public information whether or not the settlement is contested.

On April 26, 2016, Prince's sister and only full sibling Tyka Nelson filed court documents in Carver County, Minnesota, to open a probate case, stating that no will had been found. Prince's five half-siblings also have a claim to his estate. As of three weeks after his death, 700 people claimed to be half-siblings or descendants. Bremer Trust was given temporary control of his estate, had his vault drilled, and was authorized to obtain a blood sample for genetic testing. Merriman, Rebecca (May 7, 2016). "700 people claim to be Prince's half-siblings as judge orders DNA tests to find legitimate heirs". http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/700-people-claim-princes-half-7921365

These claims however, are about to be superseded by the authentic claim of one full child.

John Hilbert and Shar Mansukhani from Heir Hunters International told the UK Mirror in May, that they had been "inundated with calls and emails from people claiming to be related to the popstar; but that the man's case stood out."

"We have a standard protocol. We want a certified copy of your birth record and we also want a detailed description of why you think you would be related to Prince," Hilbert told RadarOnline. "It added up with where Prince was and where his mother was."

The alleged man is in his 30s and lives in the Midwest according to the Heir Hunters and when he contacted the organization, claiming his mother had several encounters with Prince during the 1980s.

Reuters reports that the Minnesota probate court has already dismissed petitions from at least three men claiming they were fathered by Prince out of wedlock, for lack of evidence. Two of these men are currently incarcerated. One woman who's claim was also dismissed, alleged that she was a secret bride of Prince "whose marriage records are classified by the CIA as top secret." This claim from the young man referenced hereinabove, however, has not yet been filed.

Our source also says that the Santa Monica company has sequenced the Artists entire genome. "You can recover a person's entire medical history from their Genome. I can tell you that he definitely did not have HIV/AIDS" she told us. In the interest of disclosure this contradicts an article written by my colleague, Kristen Peach. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/06/09/news/prince-died-from-hivaids-sources-say/1258.html

Update, 7/29/16: Reuters reports that a Minnesota judge today disallowed the claims of 29 people related to, or claiming to be related to Prince Rogers Nelson. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-prince-idUSKCN10925B.

The man who is the subject of this story, was not among the claims disallowed today.

Prince was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists-"the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".

Prince was born in Minneapolis and developed an interest in music as a young child. He signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18, and released his debut album in 1978.

An unidentified man in his 30s whose mother allegedly had several liaisons with Prince in the 1980s, has DNA showing Prince has a 99% probability of being his father.

In 1993, while in a contractual dispute with Warner Bros., he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol also known as the "Love Symbol", and began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations. He released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998. In 2000, he began referring to himself as "Prince" again. He released 16 albums after that, including The Rainbow Children (2001). His final album, Hit n Run Phase Two, was first released on the Tidal streaming service on December 12, 2015.

Over the years Prince was romantically linked with many female celebs, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Vanity, Sheila E., Carmen Electra, Susanna Hoffs, Sherilyn Fenn, Susan Moonsie of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6. Prince was engaged to Susannah Melvoin in 1985.

When Prince was 37, he married his 22-year-old backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia, on Valentine's Day 1996. She gave birth to a son named Ahmir Gregory on October 16, 1996. But he was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week later. Prince and Mayte’s divorce was finalized in 1999.

In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini in a private ceremony. She filed for divorce in May 2006.

 
 

Reader Comments
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3N1 writes:

I hope so much that this one claimant is legitimate. Just to leave that genius blood behind that may come out in a future child would be a gift to mankind. I heart breaks when I think about him dying alone without a hand to hold. I'm so thankful he's in eternity now with the two children he lost while married to Mayte, one born and one lost through a miscarriage. He is with them now and there is no more suffering and tears. Read the words to Breakdown, I believe Prince by the end of his life knew about living God's way. I loved him. I hope one day to praise God in eternity with him. That would be something I'll love forward to. Purple Rain is Purple , the color of royalty and the blood & the Rain, Reign of Christ. He say's, Let me guide you to the Purple Rain. Salvation! What a man of God!

EMaza writes:

Where did the sample of DNA from Prince come from? He was cremated within just a couple of days after his autopsy. I read something about a vault being broken into. Are they saying Prince kept viles of blood locked away? I'm not sure this is not just a well organized ruse to get paid from Princes' estate. I am still very saddened & shocked by his passing. Besides his parents I don't believe he left behind one deserving heir.

irmadella writes:

Why are people insisting that Jordan(Capriccio)Prince rumored son take a DNA test. Would not this test have been done way back when his mother filed the paternity suit some 25 years ago so no new test would have been needed. Just asking.

Pocahontas writes:

Beta check out Jordan Nelson an 2 others.

love writes:

i have listen prince many years now,i just love him and his music. the first song was pop life and my favorite now is sleep around. prince gave us all so much of his life in his music, always none he was a very privite man . please let him rest now and leave him still be private. never heard anything bad about him. when he passed i cried for two weeks i felt like he was part of my family . i still listen to him and love his music. people look at me like who's that crazy old white woman jamming down with prince. that'll be me and enjoying it. thank you to all the people ewho played music with him on stage. please keep him in our hearts and out of the tabloids. please work with his sister ,she knows what is best for her brothers property, im sure. and please let prince rest in peace so he can look down on us with a smile. love you like my own brother prince who is up there with enjoying our maker ,god.

1680 writes:

I wish the media would stop playing games with peoples lives. The article says probability could b prince son....wtf? Is he or isnt he his son? We, the fans, the ones that buy the concert tickets, promotional items and albums, i think deserve an answer. Thats all. We dont need intimate details. Just the truth

Sarah writes:

I agree with comments below, it is probably going to be an other gold digger. No one waits 30 years to come out in the light,

Kellie writes:

It's a nice thought that maybe he left a son, but then again, it's probably gonna be just another gold digger......trying to make a quick buck off our man's good name

katie writes:

No one waits 30 years to let a man who was a superstar through out the world know that he had a son. It would appear that Prince wanted children in his life, but with the women he was married to. If there was a son that person should have let him known, I think he would have been happy about unless Prince himself thought it to be a bogus claim. It is sad that man has passed away, and he will be missed unfortunately there will always be people who are looking for something they don't desire. If there was a son and he respected his father legacy and life especially his fight to control his artistry in music and he was close to him, I believe Prince would have left a will with him and he would not have allowed his father's estate to go into probate court. I also believe he would have taken possession of his father's remain along with Prince's sister Tyka, who we know Prince spoke about in interviews he would do with Travis and the BBC sometimes.

Monkhfive writes:

Well, I'd like to say first if all Prince will always be My Dude, forever. Until I go where he's gone ahead of me. I'm happy that he did have a child/son; we can only hope he had some open knowledge of him and possibly a relationship. Prince carried a lot in his soul, and forced much of it deep down...or maybe his friends knew of how he dealt with things more than us. I'm very sorry he passed away from a overdose -- either his pains were greater than we imagine or he underestimated the power of the drug. Thanks to the writer for publicizing that Prince did NOT have HIV/AIDS. I don't care either way. What a vicious lie that was...it made a lot of people speculate unnecessarily. If I never hear anything from the vault, that's cool with me. The man who knew it best is gone from here....however, I want his family to contact the family of Jimi Hendrix and get perspective on how and what to do. Peace and Positivity.

NENE writes:

His claim was revoked just about an chour ago because his mother put him up for adoption. Under Minnesota law since he was adopted he cannot inherit his estate.

43Kristen writes:

Well, Prince did have a child. Now I assuming that his estate will go to him.

eeden27 writes:

Thank you for reporting this. I am so hopeful that this is indeed true and Prince has a Biological Son to inherit his father's estate; if not totally, at least to be included in the family fold. I'm waiting and watching for full confirmation/disclosure. Best, eeden27

SottoVoce writes:

I feel like if you didn't try to let prince know he had a child,if prince didn't know of you or that he had a child before he died, than your case is irrelevant and claim should be revoked. It's just like not suing somebody until after they die, knowing that they aren't there to defend themselves or object to your accusations. Where are the questions in court that ask where were you?,why now?,why not then?,what is your purpose for being here? If prince had a will no one would have came out and if the court said even if you are to be proven as an heir, if you did not try to have a discussion with Prince Nelson before his passing, you will leave as you came.no one would care to come out. It's just sick to think you DESERVE something that you didn't earn nor should you be entitled to because you didn't want a relationship, you wanted a trust fund.

Whatever1 writes:

Bullcrap! Aren't these the same nuts that swore that a reliable source was going to reveal that Prince had AIDS? Yeah, whatever...... why don't you all do more responsible journalism........ I'm still waiting on that AIDS announcement.

Gijoe writes:

Note to Peach: I had thought you were the author with last name Peach mentioned in above article and thought you were complaining about the his citing article by Peach. I have no reason to make up lies. Disregard my comment, obviously.

CuriousChild writes:

Only thing it proves is his mother was a ho! You wait 30 years to do a test and cheat a child out of knowing his father? Prince should have known his son! Go somewhere with this mess. depth

lawson1122688 writes:

All of the DNA test are done in a lab in Ohio per order of the court how does this lab have Prince's DNA? Any test would have to go through the court in Minnesota. This story is bogus but it was nice of you to correct your claim that he died of AIDS you vultures.

Belovedpurple writes:

I hope this to be true. I pray for it. How wonderfully sad it would be for someone to help keep his legacy alive. One who is his true heir. Not a family member whom he wasn't close to. Sad the news came too late. I think Prince would have been happy to know of a child of his. He had too much pain in his life. Forevermore.

Peach writes:

I don't know what kind of troll gijoe is but I have never written an article on Depp or anybody else. Don't get mad and make up lies just because I pointed out an error in the above article. Be thankful that I corrected the author.

GiJoe writes:

Peach, since when are YOU concerned with journalistic integrity or accuracy? Your article on Johnny Depp has grotesquely defaming inaccuracies in it. Eg, Depp was in Europe at the time your article, in error, claims he was handcuffed. Amazing....

Peach writes:

You are wrong blueorchid. The writer corrected the story after I pointed out the error. The decent thing to do would have been to acknowledge that and thank me.

aislesoffiles writes:

Butterfly: Ummm I believe this IS the agency that the court ordered to perform the genetic testing. How else would they have been able to obtain Prince's blood sample? They're not handing it out to multiple facilities to test with.

Blueorchid writes:

Peach and butterfly, if you carefully read the article you would understand that the writer wrote Prince was unmarried (when he died) and that the writer near the end of the article states to whom and when Prince married. Yes Mayte and Manuela were both mentioned.

Peach writes:

Great investigative work, except that Prince was married twice. Nice try though.

Butterfly writes:

I don't believe this story. Independent testing doesn't mean anything. He has to get a court ordered paternity test in order to be acknowledged as Prince's son

 
 
 
 

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