EXCLUSIVE: Prince's Family Hands Out Gifts to Fans at Private Memorial Service
By Desiree Murphy
Prince’s family is giving back to his beloved fans.
During an intimate memorial service held at the late singer's Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Saturday, members of the music icon's family gave out gifts to friends and fans in attendance.
A truck pulled out of the park around 3 p.m. local time with the boxes. With help from Damaris Lewis and a few other women, Prince's sisters started handing out the gifts and thanking everyone for coming. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances, attendees appeared to be in good spirits.
"Thank you all for loving my brother," the late singer's sister, Tyka Nelson, exclaimed.
Larry Graham went down the line to greet fans with nonstop hugs, also thanking everyone for their support during this tumultuous time.
At one point, a fan took out a cell phone and played "Purple Rain" as the crowd sang along.
Following the beautiful service, Prince's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, released a statement.
"A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye," the statement obtained by ET read. "Prince's remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private. We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time. The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy. An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration."
As ET previously reported, fans have covered the gates of Paisley Park in shades of purple since news of Prince's death on Thursday at age 57, with hundreds of balloons, flowers and signs lining the fences.