Prince's former wife plans to build school in musician's honour

Manuela Testolini, Prince's ex-wife, says she plans to build a school through her foundation in honour of the late musician who died Thursday.

Canadian Manuela Testolini says she told the singer about her plan a few days before his death

Manuela Testolini, seen here with Prince in 2005, says she will build a school in her late ex-husband's memory. (Kevork Djansezian/Associated Press)

Manuela Testolini, Prince's ex-wife, says she plans to build a school through her foundation in honour of the late musician who died Thursday. 

"The world knew him as a musical genius — I knew him as a husband, friend and fierce philanthropist," the 39-year-old Canadian wrote. "Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince who encouraged me to start my own charity over 10 years ago."

Testolini, who runs the Los Angeles-based In a Perfect World Foundation which provides education programs around the world, said she raised the idea of a school to him before he died.

"I just reached out to him a few days ago to let him know that I was building a school in his honour," she wrote in the statement. "My heart aches that the school will now be built in his memory."

Testolini, who was married to Prince between 2001 and 2006 and laid the foundation for his connections to Toronto, said she was "heartbroken beyond words."

"His passing leaves me with such a devastating feeling of pain and loss. The love we shared, the music he made and our life together is forever engraved in my heart."

Prince's first wife Mayte Garcia, seen here with the superstar who died Thursday. (Sinead Lynch/AFP/Getty Images)
Mayte Garcia, Prince's first wife who married the superstar in 1996, also shared her grief, posting a message on Instagram: "This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated ... I loved him then, I love him now, and will love him eternally ... He's with our son now."

Prince and Garcia had a son who died a week after birth in 1996 of a rare genetic disorder. The couple divorced in 2000. 

Prince died at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The cause is still unknown.

With files from the Associated Press