Prince’s “most beloved” friends and family have held a private memorial for the music superstar after his body was cremated.
The American musician died at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday morning after he was found collapsed in a lift. He was 57.
A private ceremony celebrating his life was held at Paisley Park, attended by Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and brother-in-law Maurice Phillips.
Prince’s body has been cremated and the “final storage” of his remains will be private, his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said.
She said: “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.”
One woman who attended the memorial said: “It was actually a party. People danced and ate.”
Percussionist Sheila E and bassist Larry Graham were among the mourners who attended the small service.
Flowers from inside Paisley Park were handed out afterwards to fans gathered outside the estate.
Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness which required a funeral to take place within a week of his death.
He was found by staff members on Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after he was last seen alive when he was dropped off at Paisley Park.
Police are investigating whether foul play was involved in his death after authorities said they had “no reason to believe” the Purple Rain star killed himself and there were “no obvious signs of trauma” on his body.
Celebrity news website TMZ reported that the singer overdosed on a painkiller called Percocet six days before his death, forcing his private jet to make an emergency landing in Atlanta, Georgia.