Prince Cremated, Family and Friends Gather at Private Memorial Service

Late music legend’s publicist describes intimate Minnesota celebration as “a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye”

Last Updated: April 24, 2016 @ 5:01 AM

Prince was celebrated in a private memorial service in Minnesota on Saturday shortly after his remains were cremated.

According to a statement from his publicist, a small number of Prince’s dearly beloved were in attendance to say farewell to the late music icon.

“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,” publicist Yvette Noel-Schure wrote.

“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 artist died on Thursday at age 57 in his Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tributes have poured in from all parts, including the White House, the Coachella music festival and late-night television shows. Reports have also surfaced that the star may have had an addiction to painkillers or suffered an overdose.

At a press conference on Friday, Carver County, Minnesota, Sheriff Jim Olson fought back tears as he said that there were “no obvious signs of trauma” on Prince’s body and that “there is no reason to believe at this point that it was a suicide.”

In her statement about the memorial service, Noel-Schure wrote, “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.”

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