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Prince 'had no known will,' his sister says

Pop superstar Prince had 'no known will' Credit: Reuters

Pop superstar Prince had no known will, his sister has said.

Tyka Nelson has filed paperwork to be appointed executor in state court in Minnesota.

The 57-year-old superstar was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound in Minneapolis on Thursday. No cause of death has yet been released.

Ms Nelson, who is his only surviving full sibling, said in the documents that an emergency exists because immediate action is necessary to manage Prince's business interests.

He is believed to have left around $27 million (£18.5 million) in property and a spike in sales of his music since his death is likely to boost the wealth of his estate.

It is not known exactly how much Prince was worth when he died.

Prince 'stayed awake for six days before his death'

Prince at the Grammys in 2013 Credit: Reuters

Prince stayed awake for 154 hours before his death, his brother-in-law has claimed.

Maurice Phillips reportedly claimed the 57-year-old singer had worked for six days without sleep when friends and family held a private service at the compound on Saturday.

Mr Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson, is said to have told fans outside Paisley Park: "He worked 154 hours straight. I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law."

The mayor of Chanhassen, the city which is home to Paisley Park, where Prince lived, said discussions were taking place to stage a public service in honour of the superstar.

"It's clear his friends and family would support the idea," Denny Laufenburger said.

A private funeral service at a local church is expected to take place in early May, he added.

Prince was found collapsed in a lift by staff members on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he was last seen alive when he was dropped off at Paisley Park.

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