Minn. governor declares ‘Prince Day’ to mark birthday


St. Paul, Minn. – — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Tuesday to be “Prince Day” in Minnesota to mark what would have been his 58th birthday.

Prince died April 21 from an accidental overdose of the narcotic painkiller fentanyl. The governor’s proclamation, issued Monday, is meant to celebrate his contributions to music and the entertainment industry, and his quiet philanthropy.

The proclamation urges Minnesotans to wear purple Tuesday in honor of Prince’s legacy.

Other commemorations planned for Tuesday include a “Let’s Go Crazy” dance party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which inducted Prince in 2004. Spike Lee hosted a huge birthday tribute to Prince in New York on Saturday.

As a practicing Jehovah’s Witness, Prince himself might not have celebrated the date had he lived.

Meanwhile, a Minnesota judge on Monday approved an aggressive timeline for testing claims of heirship to Prince’s estate.

In a one-page order, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide approved a protocol proposed by the trust company overseeing his affairs. It gives existing claimants until Friday to file sworn statements detailing their claims to have a genetic relationship with Prince that would make them heirs, since no will has surfaced.

New claimants will get a week from filing their initial notices to file the three-page questionnaires, which ask for details on parentage, along with supporting documents such as claimants’ birth and parents’ marriage certificates.

The special administrator would let claimants know within three days whether their claimed familial relationship is already established as a matter of law, or if DNA testing is necessary. Those rejected could file objections with the judge.

The claimants so far include Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, a Colorado prison inmate who says Prince was his father and others.

The next hearing is June 27.