We all know that Prince was cremated a couple of days after his death on April 21 at the age of 57 in Minnesota.
However, despite erroneous reports, there’s been no memorial service for him, but now one is being planned by his family.
“We would like everyone to know that, contrary to previous and current reports, there has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organized or authorized by the family or Paisley Park representatives,” Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, said via her Facebook page. “Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future.”
“Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way,” the statement continued. “We appreciate the public’s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince.”
In the meantime, fans flocked to Paisley Park after news of his death and turned the outside fences and gates into a makeshift memorial, complete with flowers, signs and notes as well as purple balloons—a nod to the color he was most associated with.
In Los Angeles on Friday evening, thousands of fans gathered to attend a free tribute concert to Prince, which featured performances from the New Power Generation, Faith Evans, Eric Benet, Stevie Wonder and Aloe Blacc.
Meanwhile, according to E! News, Prince’s longtime musical collaborator and former fiancée, Sheila E. said a public musical celebration in honor of the singer was being organized and that she will serve as its musical director.
Prince was notorious for keeping his music and image off of YouTube, away from streaming services (except Tidal); and only on the big and small screen in the rarest of occasions.
Since his death on April 21, more clips of his interviews and performances are trickling online, and fans of Shondaland heard two Prince songs on Thursday night: “Nothing Compares 2 U” on Grey’s Anatomy and “Delirious” on Scandal.
Because Prince did not leave behind a will, it’s now up to his estate to decide how his music will be used. And they decided to grant Shonda Rhimes her request.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 6, 2016