Prince's Family Say 'There Has Been No Memorial, Funeral or Tribute Service'
The family has promised that details will be released in time for a memorial service
The family of late music legend Prince has released a statement clarifying reports about the death of their loved one – primarily that he has not yet been laid to rest.
“We would like everyone to know that, contrary to previous and current reports, there has been no memorial, funeral or tribute service for Prince that was organized or authorized by the family or Paisley Park representatives,” the family said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future.”
Days after the singer’s death, Sheila E arrived to pay respects at a private memorial held at Paisley Park – Prince’s estate in Minnesota – which his publicist confirmed.
However, the family now says that an official service has not been held, but promises that details will be available in due time.
“Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way,” the statement continued. “We appreciate the public’s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince. Details will be coming soon.”
The iconic singer-songwriter died in late April after being found unresponsive in an elevator at his Minnesota home, following a bout with the flu that lasted for a few weeks.
• Reporting by ELAINE ARADILLAS