Prince's remains cremated in private ceremony for family and friends

Published Sunday, Apr 24 2016, 09:09 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Prince's remains have been cremated, his rep has confirmed.

His family and friends held a private ceremony to celebrate his life on Saturday (23 April), just hours after an autopsy took place.

Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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A statement released on the same day read: "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.

"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."

In keeping with his Jehovah Witness religion, Prince's service was carried out within a week of his death.

Prince live in Birmingham in 2014.


The statement went on to mention the autopsy, which took place on Friday night.

It 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."

An autopsy was conducted at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minnesota.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said there were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found and there is no reason to believe Prince's death was a suicide.

Prince announces his upcoming tour 'Welcome 2 America' at The Apollo Theater.

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Prince, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, died on Thursday at the age of 57. He was found unresponsive in a lift at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

His death has led to an outpouring of grief from stars and fans alike.

Some reports say the singer could have both the UK album and singles Number 1 next week as his greatest hits storm up the chart.

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