“He loved all of you,” Tyka (aka Tika Nelson) told the crowd, according to Sky News. “Thank you for loving him back.”
Hundreds of mourners had gathered outside the compound to pay tribute to the star after news of his death broke on Thursday. The music icon was found unresponsive inside an elevator at Paisley Park, which served as his home as well as his recording studio. The exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Tyka, who lives in Minneapolis, also posted messages to fans on what appears to be her Facebook, writing, “Hi, Thank U 4 Loving My Brother! He LOVED Playing His Music & I KNOW He Loved U 2.” She also quoted John 15:13, writing, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
On Friday, Tyka shared a link to gospel singer CeCe Winans’ song, “Don’t Cry for Me.” The song is sung from the perspective of a person who has died, asking people not to cry over their death.
“No one is the blame/ My death was meant to be/ Don’t carry guilt nor shame/ The reason why I came soon you’ll see,” Winans sings. “Don’t cry for me/ Don’t shed a tear/ The time I shared with you will always be/ And when I’m gone/ Life still carries on/ Don’t cry for me/ We’ll always be/ Don’t cry for me.”