Alfred Jackson, Half-Brother of Prince, Dies

A half-brother of the late singer Prince has died, leaving five Prince siblings to share in the musician’s fortune.

An attorney for Alfred Jackson, Asa Weston, said on Friday, Aug. 30, that the 66-year-old Jackson died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his home outside of Kansas City, Missouri. He says the cause of death is unknown.

Alfred Jackson, a half-brother of Prince
Alfred Jackson, a half-brother of Prince, leaves the Carver County courthouse in Chaska, Minn., on June 27, 2016. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Jackson was the son of Prince’s mother, Mattie Baker, and Alfred Jackson Sr.

Prince died of an accidental opioid overdose in 2016 without leaving a will. His estate remains tied up in legal proceedings in Minnesota.

Jackson told Entertainment Tonight in 2016 that he had not seen or spoken with Prince for nearly 15 years, though an attorney later clarified that Jackson had actually had “sporadic talks and visits” with Prince over those years.

Bruce Jackson and Alfred Jackson attend Black-ish 100th Episode Celebration at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif.
(L-R) Bruce Jackson and Alfred Jackson attend Black-ish 100th Episode Celebration at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2018. (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

Lawsuit

Relatives of Prince are holding a doctor responsible for his death.

The lawsuit names Dr. Michael Schulenberg as a defendant. Authorities say Schulenberg admitted prescribing oxycodone, a different opioid, to Johnson in the days before Prince died, knowing the drug would go to Prince. Schulenberg has disputed that, although he paid $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation alleging the drug was prescribed illegally.

Schulenberg’s attorney has said his client stands behind the care Prince received.

Prince performs
Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Flas., on Feb. 4, 2007. (Chris O’Meara/AP Photo)

The source of the counterfeit pills that were laced with fentanyl that killed Prince remains unknown. No one has been charged in his death.

The lawsuit alleges Schulenberg and others had an opportunity and duty in the weeks before Prince died to treat his opioid addiction and prevent his death, but they failed to do so. A week before he died, Prince lost consciousness on a flight home from a concert in Atlanta. The plane stopped in Moline, Illinois, where Prince was revived with a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

Other defendants include North Memorial Health Care, where Schulenberg worked; UnityPoint Health, which operates the Moline hospital; and Walgreens Co., which operates two drugstores where Prince got prescriptions filled.