The late singer's only full-blooded sibling sets the record straight

By Dave Quinn
Updated May 14, 2016 04:20 PM
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A family funeral for Prince, who died April 21 at the age of 57, is coming later this summer.

“The grief process is a unique experience to each individual,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson wrote on Facebook Friday morning. “The proposed plan is to have our Memorial/Funeral/Tribute in August. More updates soon.”

“We appreciate the public s patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences,” Nelson said, in her statement. “.Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way .We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince. ”

Nelson did note that family and friends held a small, informal memorial at Prince’s Paisley Park compound the weekend after he died, but that an official funeral has not yet taken place.

“My brother was a Very Private man and so a Funeral had been planned for Saturday April 23rd,” she wrote. “But on the evening of Friday April 22nd while we were in the process of inviting a small group of family and friends, those Funeral plans had to be sadly aborted. With the help of the Paisley Park staff (because some friends had already flown into town) we held an intimate gathering due to that cancellation, however it was Not a Funeral.”

As for any other public memorials being planned, Nelson said she supports them but will not be in attendance. “I feel that once is enough,” she said.

Having left no will, rumors have been swirling of infighting between Prince’s family over his estate. Nelson set the record straight.

“No One in my family has fought about anything, and least of all me,” she wrote – later quoting bible verses. “I must admit I think it’s funny that I m the one they say, “‘Stormed out ‘ or that ‘We are at war.’ Me? Us? ‘Really? Where was I when all that happened?'”