Prince’s dove, Divinity, has died at the age of 28

Divinity is credited with “ambient vocals” on Prince’s 2002 song Arboretum.

Prince and Divinity

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One of Prince’s white doves, a female bird named Divinity, passed away earlier this week at the age of 28.

Prince’s estate said in a statement: “Divinity died peacefully on Tuesday, 2 February, after 28 years of life. One of the original doves Prince kept at his iconic Paisley Park complex, Divinity was an ever-present fixture for countless Paisley Park tours, events, and productions.”


Alan Seiffert, executive director of Prince’s Paisley Park estate, said: “Divinity’s beautiful coo has welcomed visitors since Paisley Park first opened its gates to the public in October 2016. “She was one of the enduring links to Prince for thousands of fans. She will be missed.”

Mitch Maguire, Prince’s legacy preservationist, noted that “visitors to Paisley Park will continue to enjoy the warm greetings from a new generation of doves that will continue to grace Prince’s home.”

Divinity was credited for providing ambient vocals on the singer and guitarist’s 2002 track Arboretum. Prince adopted Divinity and another dove, Majesty, in the 1990s. Majesty can be seen in the video for 7 by Prince & The New Power Generation, being held by Prince’s then-wife Mayte Garcia. The pair lived in the atrium of Prince’s Paisley Park Mansion. Majesty passed away in 2017.

The estate’s statement also notes that Divinity far exceeded a white dove’s average lifespan, which is around 15 years.

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