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Prince’s pet doves stopped speaking after he died

on October 07, 2016, 12:35pm

Photo via Deanne Wolfgram

When Prince passed away and left this earth in April, Mother Nature felt the void and responded promptly. A rainbow appeared above Paisley Park just hours after his death, and Niagara Falls’ gushing waters turned purple, as though they were crying for the music legend. It turns out that inside Prince’s own home, nature also mourned: After he died, his two pet doves — grandly named Majesty and Divinity — went silent.

“After he passed, they weren’t talking. It didn’t feel the same…” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson told the TODAY Show’s Al Roker, who was in Chanhassen, Minnesota recently ahead of the Paisley Park tour opening . “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.’” (via Vanity Fair.)

If the music didn’t do the trick, perhaps the hundreds and thousands of fans who will pass through the estate to celebrate The Purple One’s life and tour the spaces in which he lived and created will help inspire those doves to find their voices again.

Below, revisit Prince’s “When Doves Cry”:

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