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Paisley Park, Home of Music Legend Prince, to Open for Tours

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FILE - Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

FILE - Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The company that oversees the estate of the late music superstar Prince says it will open the singer's home to the public for daily tours beginning in October.

Bremer Trust announced Wednesday fans will be able to buy tickets online beginning Friday to visit the 6,000-square-meter Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen, a suburb of his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The complex doubled as both Prince's home and creative retreat, where he composed, recorded and rehearsed his music.

The 57-year-old Prince Rogers Nelson, whose mixture of rock, funk and rhythm and blues produced such songs as "Purple Rain," "Kiss," "1999," and "When Doves Cry," died suddenly at his Paisley Park home in April. An investigation has revealed that he accidentally overdosed on a synthetic painkiller called fentanyl.

Bremer Trust says the tours will include the recording and mixing studios, a soundstage and concert hall, along with thousands of personal artifacts, including concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, automobiles and motorcycles.

Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, said in the statement issued by Bremer Trust that "opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on."

The tours will be operated by Graceland Holdings, the company established to oversee tours at the Memphis, Tennessee home of the late rock-and-roll icon Elvis Presley. More than 18 million people have visited Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982, five years after Presley's death.

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