Prince's sister has paid tribute to the pop superstar for helping her kick her addiction to crack cocaine.

Mother-of-two TYKA NELSON, 43, fears she wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for her brother's help and generosity.

Nelson claims the Purple Rain hitmaker helped her financially and recently enrolled her in a drug rehabilitation programme once he realised how much trouble she was in.

She says, "I relapsed once, but I've been clean for three months now. It's the longest I've been sober and drug-free in years."

16/09/2003 09:20