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Mayte Garcia claims Prince burned their late son's ashes

Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia has claimed that the late singer burned their son's ashes after he passed away at six days old in 1996.

Musician Prince speaking onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards in California. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia has claimed that the late singer burned their son's ashes after he passed away at six days old in 1996 after being born with rare genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome type 2.

The 43-year-old dancer's son Amiir passed away after being born with rare genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 and Mayte has claimed the Purple Rain hitmaker - who died in April 2016 from an accidental Fentanyl overdose - asked his assistant to burn the ashes of their late son in a bid to 'cauterise this deep wound he couldn't close'.

Writing in her memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, she shared: "In some sad, painful moment, he had it all burned, as if fire could cauterise this deep wound he couldn't close. I wasn't there to witness it, and I can't bear to think about it now."

Meanwhile, Mayte previously admitted she doesn't think Prince ever got over their son's death.

She said: "I don't think he ever got over it. I don't know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven't."

Amiir was born via caesarian section and Mayte had to watch on as Prince's face went from 'pure joy' to 'pure terror'.

She recalled: "I don't know how to describe the look on my husband's face. Pure joy. And then they held the baby up to those harsh lights. The elation on my husband's face turned to pure terror.

"Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities. The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in 'cloverleaf skull,' in which the eyes are outside the sockets. The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or pawlike appearance ... I learned all of this later.

"They brought the baby over to us. He was curled on his side, gasping shallow little gulps of air. Because there were no lids to blink, his eyes looked startled and dry. I caught hold of his tiny hand, saying over and over, 'Mama loves you, Mama's here.'"

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