Prince cremated, with resting place secret

April 24, 2016 9:46 am
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Prince, who died suddenly at the age of 57, was cremated at an undisclosed location and a spokeswoman said the final resting place for his ashes "will remain private"/AFP
Prince, who died suddenly at the age of 57, was cremated at an undisclosed location and a spokeswoman said the final resting place for his ashes “will remain private”/AFP

, CHANHASSEN, United States, Apr 24 – Loved ones cremated pop icon Prince on Saturday with his final resting place to remain a secret, two days after his sudden death stunned the music world.

The 57-year-old “Purple Rain” creator, one of the most acclaimed and unique artists of his generation, will eventually be honoured with a concert, his spokeswoman said.

Overview
  • The spokeswoman, Anna Meacham, said that Prince was cremated on Saturday and that his ashes' "final storage will remain private."
  • The pop legend, renowned for his stamina and prolific musical output, died suddenly Thursday at his Paisley Park estate near his birthplace of Minneapolis.
  • While the place of the cremation was unclear, the private service appeared to take place at Paisley Park which was full of commotion on Saturday, with an AFP photographer counting around a dozen cars parked inside its gates in the suburb of Chanhassen.

The spokeswoman, Anna Meacham, said that Prince was cremated on Saturday and that his ashes’ “final storage will remain private.”

“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 in a statement, with a faint echo of the opening lines to “Let’s Go Crazy.”

“An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration.”

The pop legend, renowned for his stamina and prolific musical output, died suddenly Thursday at his Paisley Park estate near his birthplace of Minneapolis.

While the place of the cremation was unclear, the private service appeared to take place at Paisley Park which was full of commotion on Saturday, with an AFP photographer counting around a dozen cars parked inside its gates in the suburb of Chanhassen.

Two staff members came out with a large vase of flowers in Prince’s signature purple, some of which they pulled out to give to fans who applauded in gratitude.

Maurice Phillips, Prince’s brother-in-law who is married to his sister Tyka, also took the time to come out to chat and take pictures with the fans.

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