Prince's ex-wives organised a top secret star-studded memorial

Prince's ex-wives Mayte Garcia and Manuela Testolini have held a secret memorial for the late singer. The pair invited some of Prince's closest friends including Spike Lee, Dita von Teese, Gwen Stefani and presenter Larry King.

The memorial was held on Wednesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles; the location had been kept a secret in the lead-up.

Stars were snapped arriving at the venue, dressed in black and purple.



Prince's ex-wives Mayte Garcia and Manuela Testolini organised the memorial

Filmmaker Spike took to Instagram to share a photo of his outfit that was a clear tribute to the Purple Rain singer. He wrote: "Purple Beret And Purple Kobe's For Prince Memorial Tonight In El LAY."

Pop star Gwen uploaded a photo of what looked to be the programme that featured a quote from Prince. It read: "Everyday I'm satisfied. Everyday I feel it's a blessing from God. I consider it a new beginning. So, yeah, everything's beautiful."


Filmmaker Spike Lee wore purple to the service

According to the programme, obtained by ET, the service began with a rendition of Prince's hit single Sometimes it Snows in April. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science President, gave the welcoming remarks.

Spike and Prince's first wife Mayte both gave reflections, while Prince's ex-wife Manuela and his stepbrother Omarr Baker gave the final thoughts and acknowledgments.

Other big names who attended the memorial included jazz musician Esperanza Spalding, record producer Bobby Z, R&B singer Mavis Staples and singer Jill Jones.


Gwen Stefani shared a picture of the programme

Last week Prince's family released a statement, quashing reports that they had already held a memorial service.

"There has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organised or authorised by the family or Paisley Park representatives," they wrote.

"Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future. Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way."

Prince died last month at the age of 57. The singer's cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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