Prince will be remembered at a private memorial service held at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. The legendary musician passed away on Thursday (April 21) at the estate.
ET says the service will take place on Saturday (April 23), but Prince’s rep did not immediately respond to Billboard’s request for confirmation of that report.
On Saturday morning, family and representatives handed out purple hat boxes to well wishers at the Paisley Park gates. State troopers were on property, escorting family and friends (including Sheila E. and Damaris Lewis) inside; groceries, flowers, and coffee were delivered in the afternoon.
At Paisley Park, Prince’s home and studio, Maurice Phillips — husband of the musician’s sister, Tyka Nelson — was quoted by ET as telling media and fans that the family is “willing to share and talk to people,” that his wife is “doing better than me” and that their six children are “taking it pretty good, but the paparazzi is chasing them down, following them and all that.”
Paisley Park is a 55,000-square-foot complex that was conceived while Purple Rain was filmed in 1983 and named after the song “Paisley Park.” Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator there and pronounced dead on Thursday morning.
An autopsy was completed on April 22 to determine the iconic musician’s cause of death, but results have not yet been released.
Reporting by Andrew Flanagan.