An alleged biological daughter of the late artist Prince is making a legal claim on the Purple Rain singer’s estate. Snowe Melinda Saxman has filed court documents in Minnesota, saying she’s certain she’s Prince’s daughter.
Saxman, who has a website in which she calls herself The Money Oracle, supposedly offers financial and spiritual advice, stating that "No matter what your struggle with money is, I can help you overcome it God’s way, so you can live the abundant life He planned for you."
Her evidence for alleging that the singer is her father is based on the fact that she was adopted and shares "substantial physical, temperamental and aspirational similarities to Prince," so, naturally, she has reason to believe she's his actual kid. She also claims she looks like Prince and has musical prowess like her father. As she puts it, she's "very artsy" and a "natural-born star."
Saxman also states that through a DNA test conducted by Family Tree DNA, she matches genetically with several of the singer’s relatives, including John Lewis Nelson and Mattie Della Baker, among others. She also claims to match with Prince’s mom and dad, his half-brother Duane, and his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who oddly was two years old when Saxman was born. A direct DNA test cannot be performed at present because Prince’s data is not in the system. Saxman says she received no notification from probate but would like to get in on the action, so to speak.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 4, 1975, Saxman was adopted two weeks later. At the time, Prince would have been 17 years old. Legally, the singer only had one child, with Garcia, who he married on February 14, 1996. Their son Amiir Nelson was born on October 16, 1996, but died on October 23 after suffering from Pfeiffer syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder in which bones of the skull are fused, affecting the shape of the face and head. Respiratory and neurological complications can lead to an early death.
Prince died on April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57. On April 26, 2016, his only sister, Tyka Nelson, filed court documents in Carver County, Minnesota, to initiate a probate case, saying no will had been found. Prince's five half-siblings also placed claims to his estate. Three weeks later, more than 700 people came out of the woodwork, claiming to be half-siblings or descendants. The family allegedly has yet to see a dime of his estimated $200 million fortune, which is being executed by Comerica Bank and Trust.
Meanwhile, Comerica and a number of lawyers have pocketed an estimated $5.9 million in fees and expenses. According to ABC, “The $5.9 million doesn’t include a pending request for nearly $2.9 million in fees and expenses for Comerica and its lawyers. Nor does it include fees for the heirs’ lawyers and other attorneys, or fees for the estate’s main music adviser, Spotify executive Troy Carter.”