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John R. Nelson, Prince's eldest half-brother, has died

This comes two years after the death of another half-brother.
Prince and half-brother John R. Nelson.

Another of Prince's half-brothers has died, leaving just four surviving siblings of the late pop star. 

John R. "Johnny" Nelson, the eldest son of Prince's father John L. Nelson and his first wife Vivian, passed away on Friday, according to a tweet from his sister Sharon:

Sharon, the eldest of John L.'s children with Vivan Nelson, wrote that her brother Johnny "fought hard to help preserve Prince's legacy."

Per this breakdown of Prince's family dynamics from Billboard, Johnny Nelson was a resident of Kansas City. A cause of death has not yet been specified. 

His passing comes two years after the death of 66-year-old Alfred Jackson, who was Prince's half-brother from his mother's previous marriage. 

Two other siblings predeceased Prince: Lorna Nelson, who died in 2006 at the age of 63, and Duane Nelson, who died in 2011.

Prince's only full sibling is his younger sister Tyka, who was born in 1960. His three surviving half-siblings are the aforementioned Sharon, Norrine Nelson, and Omarr Baker.

As the Star Tribune notes, only two of those siblings — Sharon and Norrine – are still his heirs, with the others having sold all or most of their respective inheritances to Primary Wave, a New York music publishing company. 

Prince left no will when he died of an opioid overdose in 2016, resulting in highly publicized legal disputes. 

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