Remains of the music icon Prince have been quietly cremated amidst the mourning of his fans and the rest of the world on Friday. The following day, a small, private funeral was held and was attended by friends and family who vowed his final resting place will remain 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," the star's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement. "Prince's remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private."
Prince was a Jehovah's Witness, and in keeping with his faith, the funeral took place within a week after he died. The private ceremony was attended by his sister Tyka Nelson and her husband Maurice Phillips. Bassist Larry Graham and percussionist Sheila E were also spotted at the funeral service. Mirror was able to capture images of the family as they took Prince's ashes to their final resting place. Meanwhile, outside Paisley Park, fans gathered and were handed flowers after the service.
"We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time," Noel-Schure said. "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."
The "Purple Rain" singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, including foul play. Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology scans which were taken during an autopsy on Friday. Previously, Sheriff Jim Olson of Carver County said they did not believe murder or suicide were involved. Police are set to interview family members, friends, and staff.