Prince passed away tragically on April 21, leaving his family and fans devastated. His family had a small, private service for him. They are planning on hosting a public service or memorial for him, but the ones that have already taken place, such as in Los Angeles and Paris, were not organized with the family. Prince’s “official” event is still going to happen.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Prince’s Family Had a Private Ceremony for Just 20 People
About 20 people attended a small, private funeral service that was held by Prince’s family on April 23 at Paisley Park. His closest family and friends attended the private ceremony. The media was not told about the ceremony until after it took place.
Sylvia Amos, who was at the funeral, told New York Daily News that they served Prince’s favorite vegetarian dishes, including pasta and beans, guacamole, and sliced vegetables with hummus. They danced to his music and closed the service with “Purple Rain.”
She said that they projected his silhouette onto a wall and the mouse cursor formed what looked like a teardrop on his cheek. She thought the image was haunting and touching.
2. In Addition to the Family, a Few Close Friends Attended Including Sheila E
Sheila E., a longtime friend, musical collaborator, and one-time romantic partner of Prince attended the small, private funeral. Others who attended included Damaris Lewis, Larry Graham, Sylvia Amos, and Prince’s sister Tyka and her husband Maurice Phillips. All of Prince’s siblings were there except Alfred, his half-brother. It’s not known why Alfred wasn’t invited, but New York Daily News reported that he was hurt and upset over not being told about the private service.
3. His Ashes Were Taken to an Undisclosed Location
Prince’s body was cremated before the private funeral service. According to Prince’s publicist, the family decided to spread his ashes in a private location.
A friend of Prince’s said that he never wanted a huge funeral, but just a private service, The Mirror reported.
4. LA Hosted a Public Memorial Service on May 6
Los Angeles hosted a large, public memorial in Prince’s honor on May 6 at 5 p.m. local time, according to Hollywood Take. However, this was not the official memorial service that his family will plan.
The Los Angeles memorial was held at the south lawn of LA’s City Hall. More details about the event were here. Thousands attended. The event was hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other public officials.
5. The Family Is Still Planning an Official Memorial Service
Prince’s family is still planning his official memorial service, according to Rolling Stone. They released a statement that none of the funerals or tribute services currently on the calendar were authorized with or organized by his family. They are planning an official memorial service or public event for Prince, but they haven’t released any details yet.
Many smaller venues opened their doors to grieving fans. In Petersburg, Virginia, for example, the owner of Johnson and Sons Funeral Home on Sycamore Street opened his doors for fans to come and grieve together. They played Prince’s music and encouraged fans to come and share memories of the music icon. Many other memorial celebrations around the United States are planned in Prince’s honor. You can find out about some of them on EventBrite here.