Prince's Ex-wife And The Mother Of His Only Child Mayte Garcia Speaks Out About Tragic Death.
'He's with our son now': Prince's ex-wife and the mother of his only child Mayte Garcia speaks out about tragic death as she is seen sobbing after learning the news.
Prince's first wife Mayte Garcia was photographed in Los Angeles on Thursday having a tearful phone conversation shortly after learning the singer had died.
Garcia was just 22-years-old and working as a backup dancer for the singer, who was 37 at thew time, when the two wed in 1996 Valentine's Day.
In October of that same year Garcia gave birth to a son, prince's only child, Boy Gregory.
The baby was tragically born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare disorder that does not allow the head to grow properly due to the premature fusion of certain bones of the skull, and died just a week after his birth.
They split just a few years later and in 1999 the couple's marriage was annulled on their third wedding anniversary.
Garcia spoke to People about her ex-husband's tragic death, saying; 'I can't even think of the words of what I'm feeling. This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated.'
She then added; 'I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now.'
Prince was found dead on Thursday morning at his Paisley Park estate just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The cause of death remains a mystery, but the 57-year-old had come down with a 'severe' case of the flu six days prior to his being discovered unresponsive in an elevator inside his $10million home.
His symptoms were so bad at the time that his plane had to make an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois so he could be rushed to a hospital and receive medical attention.
The singer, who was born Prince Rogers Nelson, performed a show in Atlanta last Thursday prior to becoming sick, and appeared at a dance party in Minnesota on Saturday to let his fans know he was doing better after his sudden hospitalization.
Prince, who over the course of his career won seven Grammy Awards, an Oscar and sold over 100 million records worldwide, told fans at the event; 'Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.'
He was last seen Wednesday night leaving a Walgreen's near his home around 7pm, marking the fourth time the singer had been to the pharmacy that week.
After their divorce Garcia had a two-year relationship with drummer Tommy Lee, but has said in multiple interviews that she will always love her ex-husband.
She is now a choreographer and actress, most famous perhaps for her work on the music video for Britney Spears' 2001 song 'I'm A Slave 4 U,' with Garcia choreographing the belly dancing routines performed by the pop star and her dancers.
She became known as Apollonia and was cast in the film's leading female role, with the character's name being changed from Vanity 6 to Apollonia 6, which also became the name of her girl band.
Appollonia and Prince parted ways in 1985 but she managed to stay in the spotlight with a role on the soap Falcon Crest and in 1988 the release of an eponymous album.
She also dated some big names after Prince, being linked to actor Lorenzo Lamas and singer David Lee Roth among others before marrying writer Kevin Bernhardt.