Prince Rogers Nelson’s body was cremated Friday, hours after his body was released from the coroner’s office, according to several reports.
The Daily Mirror says that a source close to the late singer, who died Thursday at age 57, said that Prince had “very precise ideas” of how he wanted to be laid to rest, and that included very little fanfare.
“Throughout his life and following his Jehovah’s Witness faith, Prince made it clear to his family that if he ever were to be taken from us, he wanted to die with dignity,” said a family friend. “He had very precise ideas about how he wanted his death to be handled, and that didn’t involve a huge funeral but a quiet service.
“The world has his music instead,” the friend continued. “He wanted to simply disappear with no fuss, no drama, no fanfare. It was just his style.”
An intimate memorial service was, in fact, held Saturday at the singer’s Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis and was attended by his family, close friends and musicians including Larry Graham and Sheila E. State troopers were on the scene to help escort mourners inside.
Photos taken after the four-hour service show his sister, nephew and another family member transporting his ashes into a car.
There has been no official confirmation or comment on the final destination of the Purple One’s remains; nor has anyone provided details on funeral or memorial-service arrangements. His sister Tyka Nelson’s husband apparently told a news outlet that a larger, public memorial is being planned.
Read more at the Daily Mirror.