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Prince's Sister Claims He Knew He Was Going to Die as Ex Talks About Their Deceased Baby
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17 Mar 2017 04:02 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Prince Rogers Nelson (Image Source: Micahmedia at en.wikipedia)

We're getting closer to the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, yet he's still just as much in the news as he was in the weeks just after his passing from an accidental overdose.

This week two people are talking about him: his sister and his ex-wife.

Tyka Nelson, most likely his closest sibling, explains in an upcoming issues of PEOPLE and an ABC special that she believes Prince knew he was going to die soon.

"About three years ago he called," she remembers. "He said, 'I think I've done everything I've come to do.'"

She also discussed this last October and said then, "I've had two years to deal with it, but there's a lot of people that have only had from April to now, so I guess I would say give it another year-and-a-half and maybe you'll be where I'm at." She also acknowledged, "I'm sorry that you're hurting."

She last saw her brother a few days before he died at his home.

"The last day I saw him we were making jokes," she recalls. "We hugged three times."

His first marriage was to Mayte Garcia. They married on Valentine's Day 1996, and their son Amiir was born in October that year. He lived just one week. The couple divorced in 2000.

Garcia has now written a new memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, describing those years they were together. She recalls the day Amiir was born: "The elation on my husband's face turned to pure terror. He asked, 'Why is he not crying?'"

They learned the child had a rare genetic defect and saw that he was very deformed. He had been born with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2.

"They brought the baby over to us," she wrote. "He was curled on his side, gasping shallow little gulps of air.

"Because there were no lids to blink, his eyes looked startled and dry. I caught hold of his tiny hand, saying over and over, 'Mama loves you, Mama's here.'"

Prince had been so elated about the upcoming birth of their child that he built a swing set in the yard at Paisley Park. But the little boy never had a chance to play on it, dying at just six days old.

After the couple's divorce, Garcia learned that her ex had all reminders of her and their baby burned.

"I don't think he ever got over it," she said of Prince. "I don't know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven't."

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