“They wanted to have a somber memorial since they weren’t allowed at the other one,” a source says who also revealed that the top-secret event was attended by only those closest to the “Purple Rain” singer.
Hours before it went down, Spike Lee posted an Instagram previewing parts of his outfit, writing, “Purple beret and purple Kobe’s for Prince memorial tonight in El Lay.”
Even Prince’s family was left in the dark about the event. TMZ reports that “one of Prince’s family members says they didn’t hear about” the gathering this evening.”
It was just last week the late legend’s family released an official statement regarding any future plans they have for a memorial service.
“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. Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future.
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“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.”
Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park home/studio on April 21, less than one week after his plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Ill. shortly after a live show in Atlanta.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.