Prince to get summer memorial service
A memorial service for Prince is to be held in August.
The 'Purple Rain' hitmaker - who tragically died last month at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota - will be remembered by his family, friends and fans at a service in the summer, according to his sister Tyka Nelson.
She wrote: "Hi Y'all, U know I only come on here when I have sumthin' ta say...So Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! I nor my brother's remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families Memorial/Funeral/Tribute.
"Please Don't misunderstand...The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and Therefore I support any and all Memorials or Funerals that have happened and/or are being planned...However I will Not be in attendance, because I feel that once...is enough.
"My brother was a Very Private man and so a Funeral had been planned for Saturday April 23rd. 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 cancelation, however it was Not a Funeral. (sic)"
Tyka went on to promise that Prince, who died at the age of 57, will receive a special send off so his supporters can say goodbye to him too.
Writing on her Facebook account, she added: "Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future. Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way.
"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.
"Update: The proposed plan is to have our Memorial/Funeral/Tribute in August more updates soon... (sic)"