AP: Ex-Prince confirms child born
AP: Death of Prince's baby investigated
AP: Prince wants privacy about son
AP: Former Prince wants lawsuit kept private
Ex-Prince confirms child born with problem
Thursday, December 19, 1996
NEW YORK (AP) -- The artist formerly known as Prince confirmed
Thursday that his first child was born in October with some kind
of problem, but he would not elaborate.
"All I can say is that I'd like to believe that we're both enlightened
individuals that know that if you leave things in God's hands
you'll find out everything, and you'll find out the answer to
the plan. So anything that happens, we accept," he told NBC's
Today, where he appeared with wife Mayte.
The 38-year-old, who uses a symbol for a name, previously refused
to comment on reports his child was born prematurely with a deformity.
Death of Prince's baby investigated
Tuesday, March 4, 1997
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities are reviewing the case of a boy
who died a week after he was born to the artist formerly known
as Prince and his wife.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner, prosecutors and police
confirmed the inquiry Monday, but would not provide details.
Erlene and Arlene Mojica, described as personal assistants
close to the musician's wife, have contacted authorities about
the case, said their attorney, Larry Altman.
Altman said the twin sisters were fired Dec. 23 by Paisley
Park Enterprises, Prince's company, but declined further comment.
The 38-year-old musician, who uses a symbol for a name,
acknowledged in December that the child was born with a problem.
The death certificate for the boy, who was born Oct. 16 and apparently
died Oct. 23, lists his cause of death as complications caused
by a rare skull deformity.
Neither the birth nor the death certificate lists a father,
and the death certificate does not clearly identify the child's
Dr. John Fangman, listed as the baby's doctor on the death
certificate, said the cause of death was natural.
Prince wants privacy about son
Friday, March 14, 1997
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prince is reportedly trying to prevent two
former employees from talking to the media about the death of
Larry Altman, an attorney for twin sisters Erlene and Arlene
Mojica, told the Star Tribune newspaper he expected the musician,
who prefers to be known as an unpronounceable symbol, to seek
a temporary restraining order barring the women from talking
to reporters. The sisters were personal assistants to Mayte Garcia-Nelson,
Altman and Prince's attorney, Bob Weinstine, both told The Associated
Press on Thursday that they could not comment.
Prince acknowledged last December that the baby was born with
a problem but has said little else.
A birth certificate said that a boy was born to Garcia-Nelson
Oct. 16, but said the "mother refused information" about the
father. It lists the child's cause of death Oct. 23 to be complications
of Pfieffer's syndrome Type 2, a rare skull deformity.
Former Prince wants lawsuit kept private
Friday, March 28, 1997
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- The artist formerly known as Prince wants
to keep a lawsuit about his private life away from the public.
The Purple Rain star asked a judge to keep proceedings closed
in his lawsuit against two former employees who went public with
their story about the death of his newborn son.
The rock star has sued Erlene and Arlene Mojica for going to
a London tabloid last October, claiming they violated a confidentiality
His lawyers asked Carver County District Judge Jean Davies on
Thursday to make sure nothing more comes out publicly. Davies
gave lawyers for both sides until Monday to file papers on the
The Mojica sisters have claimed that Prince decided prematurely
to shut off life support for his baby, who was born with a deformed
skull that often causes retardation or early death.
The artist and his wife have not publicly acknowledged the baby's
death, and the child's birth and death records do not clearly
document his parentage.