Inside Prince's Private Memorial: It Was a 'Beautiful Ceremony to Say a Loving Goodbye'

by Jennifer Cady 5:55 PM PDT, April 23, 2016
Playing Inside Prince's Private Memorial: It Was a 'Beautiful Ceremony to Say a Loving Goodbye'

As fans continue to flock to the legendary musician’s Paisley Park estate, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, his family and close friends gathered there to pay their final respects on Saturday.

A source tells ET this will be the only memorial held by his family, making the goodbye that much more final and difficult. Inside was “very emotional” with many people crying.

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The guest list was limited to about 20 members of his closest family and friends. Those in Prince’s small inner circle began to arrive at 2 p.m. local time, including his purple-haired sister, Tyka Nelson, Maurice Phillips, Van Jones, Shelia E., Judith Hill, Larry Graham and Damaris Lewis.

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His family also honored those fans who had gathered outside the singer’s estate by handing out purple hat boxes that contained a mix of vintage tour memorabilia, throwback concert tees and tour booklets.

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"Thank you all for loving my brother," his sister told his loving fans.

Shortly following the service, his 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 to 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," she added. "An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration."

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Prince died at the age of 57 on Thursday. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told ET that the legendary musician was found unresponsive in an elevator when officials responded to a call at Paisley Park Studios at 9:43 a.m. An extensive autopsy was completed on Friday, including a toxicology report.

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