Friends and family head to Prince’s Paisley Park estate for private memorial service

Prince's friends and family met at his Paisley Park estate for a private memorial service following the iconic singer's cremation on Friday.

The intimate service, which was filled with purple flower arrangements with many guests dressed in purple in tribute to the Purple Rain singer, was attended by close friends and family members, including Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, band member Hannah Welton, Damaris Lewis, former partner Sheila E and ex-wife Mayte Garcia, who revealed that she was "beyond deeply saddened and devastated" when she heard of his passing.


Fans flooded to Prince's estate to pay tribute

A family friend told The Mirror that a quiet service is just what he would have wanted.

"He had very precise ideas about how he wanted his death to be handled and that didn't involve a huge funeral but a quiet service," he said.

"He wanted it to be kept to the minimum of fuss. Prince was such figure you don't need a funeral to remember him by… The world has his music instead. He wanted to simply disappear with no fuss, no drama, no fanfare. It was just his style."

The star's sister Tyka greeted the hundreds of fans who had gathered outside of Paisley Park to celebrate the life of the late 57-year-old after the service, and handed out memorabilia including T-shirts and booklets in purple gift boxes.

Officials have no yet stated Prince's cause of death, though they have confirmed that the singer showed "no obvious signs of trauma."

The singer was found dead in his home earlier this week

During a press conference earlier this week, Sheriff Jim Olson from Carver County, Minnesota said: "there were no obvious signs of trauma…results from the autopsy may take several weeks which is not unusual. This will continue to be an open investigation until the results come back."

He continued: "We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide."


Famous friends and admirers of the singer flocked to social media to share their fond memories and to pay tribute after news broke of the singer's death. Lenny Kravitz posted a photo of Prince on Instagram, writing: "My musical brother... My friend... The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone. I am heartbroken."

Meanwhile Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood wrote: "I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer/ guitar player. Sleep well Prince."

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