Friends and family gathered at Minneapolis home on Saturday
Prince’s remains have been cremated, his publicist confirmed.
Billboard reports that a ceremony took place yesterday (Saturday, April 23) after a private memorial service held at Prince’s Paisley Park.
“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 publicist said. “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,” they continued. “An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration.”
As reported, Prince died at his Paisley Park home on Thursday aged 57. He was found collapsed in a lift at his home, which doubled as a studio. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am on Thursday. A postmortem has been carried out but no cause of death has yet been confirmed.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the singer went on to release 39 studio albums over a music career that lasted nearly 40 years. He rose to world fame in 1982 with the release of fifth album ‘1999’, and achieved worldwide success with his sixth, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, which was certified platinum in countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and France.
Last year he released two albums, ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’, and was recently reported to be in the middle of writing his memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.
Tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.