Prince's Funeral: Friends & Family Gather for Private Service Following Cremation

By Star Connor ( | Apr 24, 2016 08:15 PM EDT
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The man that we once jammed to and called "Prince" is no more. MStars News has learned that Prince Rogers Nelson's funeral was held over the weekend as family and friends said their final goodbyes to the legendary star. We also learned that Prince was cremated.

According to People, the group held a private ceremony to honor Prince at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Saturday. Mourners included the singer's ex-fiance, Sheila E, and his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.

Prince's body was released to his family on Friday afternoon after a Minnesota medical examiner performed an autopsy that will reveal what killed the singer in the coming weeks.

Prince's publicist revealed that the family had a beautiful ceremony for the singer.

"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," the statement read. "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. An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration. "

Paisley Park staff dressed in black and gave fans who were outside of the Paisley Park building purple boxes that had a lot of Prince memorabilia inside.

MStars News has been covering the death of the Purple Rain singer's death since learning that he died on Thursday, April 21.

Prince had been reportedly battling the flu for several weeks before he died. There have also been reports that he had been taking the painkiller, Percocet, which is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, that can be very addictive. The singer was apparently taking the medication for hip problems after undergoing hip surgery back in 2010. Other reports state that he was battling an ""ongoing illness," and the treatments he was undergoing "made his immune system weak."

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