Prince's brother-in-law Maurice Phillips says the museum will be 'for his fans'
Prince‘s home Paisley Park will be turned into a tribute museum, the late musician’s brother-in-law has said.
As reported, Prince died at Paisley Park on Thursday aged 57. He was found collapsed in a lift at his home, which doubled as a studio. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am on Thursday. A postmortem has been carried out but no cause of death has yet been confirmed.
“We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory,” Maurice Phillips, husband of Prince’s sister Tyka, told The Sun.
“It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans – this would remember his music, which is his legacy,” Phillips added. “Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”
During the interview, Maurice Phillips also claimed that Prince “worked for 154 hours straight” in the days leading up to his death.
Police are investigating the death but have clarified that they have “no reason to believe” Prince committed suicide. There were “no obvious signs of trauma” on his body.
Reports of Prince’s ill-health have been backed by staff at Minneapolis’ music shop Electric Fetus, where Prince visited on Record Store Day (April 18).
Max Timander, who works at Electric Fetus, told the Press Association: “Everyone I’ve talked to on that Saturday said he looked kind of pale and he was not totally looking in the best shape as he normally is. It sounded like he was looking kind of weak. I know he had just got over the flu supposedly.”
Timander added that Prince picked up Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’, Santana’s ‘Santana IV’, and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Hejira’ on Record Store Day. He also bought copies of The Chambers Brothers’ ‘The Time Has Come’, Swan Silvertones’ ‘Inspirational Gospel Classics’, and ‘The Best Of Missing Persons’.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the singer went on to release 39 studio albums over a music career that lasted nearly 40 years. He rose to world fame in 1982 with the release of fifth album ‘1999’, and achieved worldwide success with his sixth, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, which was certified platinum in countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and France.
Last year he released two albums, ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’, and was recently reported to be in the middle of writing his memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.
Tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.