Prince's body cremated in private family ceremony

MINNEAPOLIS -- Prince's publicist says the music superstar's remains have been cremated and a small group of family, friends and musicians have celebrated his life in a private ceremony.

Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement Saturday that Prince's remains have been cremated and their "final storage" will be private.

The 57-year-old singer died Thursday at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis. An autopsy was done Friday but no cause has been announced.

The publicist's statement said the cause of death remains unknown. It said it will be at least four weeks before results are released.


Family and former bandmates of superstar Prince are arriving at the late musician's estate in suburban Minneapolis.

Percussionist Sheila E. and bassist Larry Graham have both been spotted at Paisley Park, his studio compound in Chanhassen. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and brother-in-law Maurice Nelson have also been seen on the grounds.

Thousands of fans have been flocking to Paisley Park and other sites made famous by Prince since he was found dead Thursday morning. They've been leaving flowers, balloons, guitars and even pancakes in his memory.

A cause of death for the "Purple Rain star" has not been released.


A state senator in Minnesota is pushing to make the official state color purple in honor of music superstar Prince.

Sen. Karin Housley tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she plans to introduce a bill Monday hoping to make the color Minnesota's.

Housley says she's a huge Prince fan and that seeing the world lit up in purple makes her proud. She says Prince was special and "he was ours."

Housley never met the musician but says she and former NHL hockey player Phil Housley, her fiance at the time, once waited for three hours outside of the Minneapolis club First Avenue. They wanted to catch a glimpse of Prince after a show.

She says Prince gave the couple a nod and that she was "in heaven" for the rest of her life.


For the third straight day, Prince fans in Minnesota are flocking to sites made famous by the music superstar and hometown hero.

Hundreds have been mourning outside of Prince's Paisley Park estate in suburban Minneapolis, leaving purple flowers and balloons along the fence. The 57-year-old musician was found dead Thursday at the compound.

Fans are also leaving flowers and balloons beneath Prince's star at the Minneapolis club First Avenue, where he filmed "Purple Rain" and performed many times. First Avenue will host its third all-night dance party beginning Saturday night to honor the singer.

The Minnesota Historical Society has put Prince's outfit from "Purple Rain" on display in the lobby of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.


Prince talked dirty in song but had a reputation for clean living. He also had an ability to put on shows that were electrifying in their athleticism.

But after his death at age 57 questions are swirling over whether the music superstar had been hiding serious health problems from his fans.

Prince's death followed a series of canceled shows and a reported emergency plane landing for medical treatment.

An autopsy was conducted Friday. Authorities said it could be weeks before the cause of death is released.

But Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Prince's body had no signs of violence when he was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator at Paisley Park, his estate in suburban Minneapolis. Olson also said there was nothing to suggest it was suicide.