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Friday 23 June 2017

Prince's pet doves displayed an eerie reaction to the singer's death

Prince in 1984. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Prince in 1984. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tyka Nelson, centre, the sister of Prince, leaves the Carver County Courthouse (AP)

Prince's sister has revealed how the singer's pet doves grieved after his death.

Tyka Nelson spoke to Today about how her brother's pets grieved after his death in April. She claimed that the birds had been uncharacteristically quiet in the months that followed his passing.

“After he passed, they weren’t talking,” Nelson said.

“It didn’t feel the same. . . So when I first came in[to Paisley Park after Prince’s death], I was like, ‘Where’s the doves? What’s going on?’ [His staff] said, ‘They’re up there. They’re just not talking.’ I said, ‘Well you need to play some Prince music.’”

Fans light candles outside Paisley Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Fans light candles outside Paisley Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 21, 2016. Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

The singer had two doves, Majesty and Divinity and they even earned an “ambient singing” credit on his 2002 album One Nite Alone.

Today host, Al Roker, who interviewed Nelson inside Prince's Paisley Park home, backed up her belief that the birds hold a strong connection to the music icon.

He said that during his visit the doves eventually opened up when they heard Prince's music again. In fact, the Today host revealed he heard the birds talking earlier in his visit.

“I heard these sounds when I was here earlier and it is literally doves crying right now.”

Prince's Paisley Park home will open to the public for a limited time on Thursday, October 6 and Saturday, October 14.

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