Prince ‘Secretly’ Cremated In A Private Ceremony
Prince was famously private in life, and it seems he has carried that ethos into death.
The singer has reportedly already been cremated in a private ceremony after his body was quietly released to his family shortly after 1pm on Friday.
From the medical examiner’s office he was transported to the First Memorial Western Chapel along with his sister Tyka and her son Prez. His family are said to have spent four hours in the Chapel as Tyka didn’t want to leave her brother.
His family were seen transporting his ashes to his final resting place.
A spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘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. 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 ceremony was carried out within a week of his death in keeping with his Jehovah’s Witness beliefs.
He had requested that there ‘be no drama’, according to the Sunday Mirror, preferring a private ceremony rather than something similar to other celebrity funerals, although Tyka is said to be planning a memorial for the legend.
A post-mortem was carried out prior to his body being released, although results will take several weeks to arrive. Officials are said to be piecing together his last few days to build a picture of what happened.
A family friend told The Mirror: ‘Throughout his life and following his Jehovah’s Witness faith Prince made it clear to his family that if he ever were to be taken from us he wanted to die with dignity.
‘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…The world has his music instead. He wanted to simply disappear with no fuss, no drama, no fanfare. It was just his style.’
During a press conference held by the local Sheriff’s department it was revealed that suicide has been ruled out as a possible cause of death, and that they now await the results of tissue sample tests and toxicology.
There had also been no sign of trauma, which refers to evidence of violence, and Prince had been found fully clothed in the lift of his property.