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Prince's body cremated as friends and family honour him at private service

By David Mercer

Prince's "most beloved" friends and family have held a private memorial for the music superstar after his body was cremated.

The American musician died at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday morning after he was found collapsed in a lift. He was 57.

A private ceremony celebrating his life was held at Paisley Park on Saturday, attended by Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and brother-in-law Maurice Phillips.

Prince's body has been cremated and the "final storage" of his remains will be private, said his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.

She added: "A few hours ago Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince's remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private. We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time.

"The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy."

Maurice Phillips, Prince's brother-in-law, talks with fans following a memorial service inside the star's Paisley Park home (top); a woman lays a tribute at the property (right), and guests leaving the service

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