Prince's ex-wife on losing their baby together: 'I don't think he ever got over it'

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Six days after welcoming their son, Amiir, into the world, Prince and then-wife Mayte Garcia had to say goodbye to him forever.

The baby, born Oct. 16 1996, had been diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, was the only child Prince ever had -- and the loss was something that, Garcia says, neither of them ever fully recovered from.

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"I don't think he ever got over it," Garcia told People. "I don't know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven't."

Garcia, who was married to the late singer for four years from 1996 until 2000, details the heartbreaking ordeal of losing their only son in her revealing upcoming memoir, "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince," out April 4.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 4: Mayte Garcia and Prince perform on stage on 'The Ultimate Live Experience' tour at Wembley Arena on March 4th, 1995 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 01: WEMBLEY ARENA Photo of PRINCE, Mayte Garcia performing on stage (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)
Prince Opening His Shop, Camden, London, Britain - 1994, Mayte Garcia And Prince (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Kirstie Alley, Prince and Mayte Garcia during 1994 VH1 Honors in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 9: Prince performs on stage with Mayte Garcia on August 9 1993 in Den Bosch, Netherlands. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 9: Musician Prince and wife Mayte Garcia attending 'Party for Latina Magazine Editor Sandra Guzman' on April 9, 1998 at NV-89 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 9: Musician Prince and wife Mayte Garcia attending 'Party for Latina Magazine Editor Sandra Guzman' on April 9, 1998 at NV-89 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Musician Prince and wife Mayte Garcia attending 28th Annual NAACP Image Awards on February 9, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Prince - 1995, Prince With Mayte Garcia (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Musician Prince and wife Mayte Garcia attending 28th Annual NAACP Image Awards on February 9, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: Prince poses for photographers with his wife Mayte as they arrives at the De Beer and Versace 'Diamonds are forever' charity fashion event 09 June 1999. A host of international celebrities turned out for the event which will raise funds for three charities including the Prince's Foundation for architecture and the environment. (Photo credit should read SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer and dancer Mayte, the former wife of musician Prince, at the Palladium, 1992. New York. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
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The couple was elated when they found out Garcia was pregnant, but became worried for their baby's health when Garcia, then 22, started bleeding. Prince refused to let his wife take medicine recommended by doctors, so the couple prayed instead. "We know you won't allow this child to be harmed," the singer allegedly pleaded.

After giving birth to Amiir, Garcia remembers her husband's look of "pure joy" turning to "pure terror" when "they held the baby up to those harsh [hospital] lights."

"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," she wrote in her memoir. "The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or pawlike appearance [...] I learned all of this later."

Prince died of an overdose at Paisley Park on April 21, 2016.

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US artist singer and songwriter Prince performs on stage during his concert in Antwerp Sportpaleis, on November 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO /BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Prince and Ida Nielsen, Hannah Ford Welton and Donna Grantis of his band 3rdEyeGirl present an award at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Prince Rogers Nelson is better known as just Prince and is pictured where is spends a lot of his time; on concert stage around the world. Denmark 2013. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Mary J. Blige (L) and recording artist Prince perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Recording artist Prince (L) and singer Mary J. Blige perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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