The final resting place of the late musician Prince will be kept secret, his publicist has confirmed. The Purple Rain singer, who was notoriously private throughout his career, was remembered in an intimate memorial service on Saturday following his cremation the day before.
In a statement following the service, Prince's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed that fans would never know the 57-year-old's final resting place.
Prince's final resting place will be kept a secret
"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," she 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 statement continued: "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."
Prince's friends and family met at his Paisley Park estate for a private memorial service, which was filled with purple flower arrangements with many guests dressed in purple in tribute to the late star. The intimate service 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 have paid tribute to the late star at his Paisley Park estate
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 musician passed away at his home on Thursday morning, leaving fans around the world shocked and saddened.