Purple Ashes: Prince’s Body Cremated In Private Ceremony

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In a private ceremony on Saturday, April 23, 2016, Prince’s remains have been cremated, and a small group of family and friends gathered to honor the music legend, his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure stated.

In a statement to the press, she said that Prince’s remains had been cremated after his body was released to his family Friday afternoon. This comes after the Minnesota medical examiner performed an autopsy.

“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,” Noel-Schure said in the statement.

READ: What The World Is Saying About Prince’s Death (And Why He’s Missed So Much)

The “final storage” of Prince’s remains would remain private, but an announcement about a “musical celebration” is forthcoming, the statement said.

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Prince, being a Jehovah’s witness, couldn’t proclaim his good deeds that he’s done for others, but many are coming out saying how much Prince had secretly helped them. Social entrepreneur and friend of Prince, Van Jones recently came out that Prince helped create and fund the nationwide campaign, #YesWeCode which helps youth in underserved communities be top-level digital programmers; and Green For All, which helps give people solar energy panels for their house to cut down on electricity bills.

Prince’s family and former bandmates were spotted outside the music legend’s Paisley Park estate Saturday evening, according to The Associated Press. Hundreds of fans came to and camped out at Prince’s estate to pay tribute to him with flowers, balloons and instruments — many of which were purple — since news of the musician’s death broke Thursday.

In a loving gesture on Saturday afternoon, Paisley Park staff dressed in black emerged from the gates of the huge complex and handed mourners shiny purple boxes containing CDs, t-shirts, books and other Prince memorabilia.

In excerpts of the interview released online Friday, Prince said he had songs in “vaults” that no one had ever heard, stating that…