Prince’s $6.6-Million Minnesota Home Will Become a Museum for Fans
This could become a new Graceland.
With millions of fans still reeling from the shocking news last Thursday that the legendary musician Prince had died, his brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips, has vowed to transform Prince’s $6.6-million home in Minnesota into a museum.
“We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory,” Phillips, who is married to Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, told the Sun.
“It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans—this would remember his music, which is his legacy. Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered,” he added.
Phillips also defended his brother-in-law, who is rumored to have been using the painkiller Percocet to deal with hip pain.
“Folks talk mess about folks. We’re too busy passing judgment on other folks than handling our own business,” Phillips told the Sun. “Instead of building people up they are tearing them down—or trying to make a dollar out of them. At the end of the day it’s between that man up there and the individual.”
Prince’s autopsy report is still not out—and won’t be for at least another four weeks, according to CNN. The singer-songwriter died after collapsing in an elevator at Paisley Park last Thursday.
Five days before his death, Prince’s private jet had to make a sudden landing after what would turn out to be his last concert.
The plane had to perform an emergency landing in Illinois at the Quad City International Airport due to an “unresponsive” male passenger aboard, according to a release from the Federal Aviation Administration, as reported by CNN. The singer was rushed to a hospital in Moline, but was later discharged and returned to Paisley Park.
Prince was cremated on Friday, and a private memorial ceremony attended by his family and friends was held at Paisley Park the following day. The massive, 65,000-square-foot compound in Minnesota was completed in 1987, and doubled as Prince’s residence and working studio.
The production facilities of Prince’s own label Paisley Park Records—including recording studios, a sound stage, and a large rehearsal hall—are located on the ground floor, while Prince’s living quarters and offices are on the second floor.
According to Business Insider UK, Nelson, one of Prince’s four living siblings, was very close to the music star, and is thought to be the most likely to inherit Prince’s estimated $300-million estate.
It is hoped that Paisley Park will rival Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis as a place of pilgrimage for music lovers from all over the world.
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