Date
16 December 2017
A fan leaves a message beside a sea of purple balloons and flowers at a memorial wall outside the Paisley Park compound of the late music legend Prince on Sunday. Photo: AFP
A fan leaves a message beside a sea of purple balloons and flowers at a memorial wall outside the Paisley Park compound of the late music legend Prince on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Prince cremated and honored but resting place to remain private

Prince’s remains have been cremated and his family and friends attended a private ceremony to pay their respects to the late pop superstar at the studio complex where he died in a suburb of Minneapolis, Reuters reports, citing a Prince spokeswoman.

Among those seen entering the Paisley Park Studios complex, where Prince lived in Chanhassen, Minnesota, were his sister Tyka Nelson, musician and former collaborator Sheila E., his former bass player Larry Graham and model Damaris Lewis.

The service on Saturday came two days after Prince, whose hits included Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, was found dead in an elevator at the complex at age 57.

His death shocked millions of fans around the world and prompted glowing tributes from fellow musicians and public figures, including US President Barack Obama.

“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,” Prince publicist Anna Meacham said in a statement.

Meacham said Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final resting place will remain private.

Plans are under way for a musical celebration of Prince, with details to be announced later, she said.

On Saturday, Graham stood at a gate of Paisley Park Studios and thanked some of the hundreds of fans gathered on the lawn outside to show their admiration of Prince, a seven-time Grammy winner whose music blended rock, funk, R&B, jazz and disco.

“Prince made us all better musicians and spiritually is the most important thing, but as musician he pushed us and he made us better and we listened deeply,” Graham told the fans.

Participants in the ceremony handed some fans outside gift boxes that contained items such as Prince-themed apparel and a compact disc of music.

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